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Stress Symptoms

Stress Symptoms

16 April 2015 | Stories

Stress is a part of life. What matters most is how you handle it. The best thing you can do to prevent stress overload and the health consequences that come with it is to know your stress symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms of Stress? 

 

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

     
  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
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  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
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  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
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  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
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Physical symptoms of stress include:

     
  • Low energy
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  • Headaches
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  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
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  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
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  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
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  • Insomnia
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  • Frequent colds and infections
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  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
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  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
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  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
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  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
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Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

     
  • Constant worrying
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  • Racing thoughts
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  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
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  • Inability to focus
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  • Poor judgment
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  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
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Behavioral symptoms of stress include:

     
  • Changes in appetite (either not eating or eating too much)
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  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
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  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
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  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing
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Act to manage stress

If you have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Explore stress management strategies, such as:

     
  • Physical activity
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  • Relaxation techniques
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  • Meditation
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  • Yoga
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  • Tai chi
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