Symptoms of Stress

Do you want to know if you are under stress? Note the symptoms and signs of stress and know how does stress affect your body?

Effects of Stress

Most of the times you know that you are under stress. But many times you don't know even if you are under stress. Your body constantly tries to tell you about stressful conditions through symptoms such as tension in your shoulders and neck, palpitation, headaches and body aches. You should take note of these conditions and try to deal with them. Continued stress can have behavioral, physical, emotional and psychological effects such as heart disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders.

You may find some of the following symptoms when you are under stress. Note that some of the symptoms (signs) of stress (effects of stress on the body) only appear when you are under stress for a prolonged time.

At the first signs of stressing alarm, the pituitary and adrenal glands release chemicals triggering automatically the physical reactions to stress.

When the stressor goes away, the brain signals an all clear sign to the pituitary and adrenal garlands to stop producing the chemicals that caused the physical reaction, and the body gradually returns to normal. But if the brain fails to give the all clear signal, and as a consequence of this the alarm state stays for a longer time creating stress problems. Unrelieved stress can lead to many health problems.

  1. Behavioral symptoms of stress
    • Increased drinking
    • Increased drug addiction or intake
    • Increased smoking
    • Irresponsible driving
    • Irritating behavior
    • Negligence of self-care
    • Not interested in social activities
    • Too much tea or coffee intake.
  2. Physical symptoms of stress (Stress related illness) : What stress to the body
    • Anxiety
    • Back pain
    • Constipation
    • Decreased resistance to infections
    • Dilated pupils
    • Loose motions Diarrhea
    • Dry mouth
    • Excessive sweating
    • Feeling nauseous
    • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • Headaches
    • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Increased breathing rate
    • Increased bowel movements
    • Increased perspiration
    • Indigestion
    • Insomnia
    • Itchy skin rashes
    • Numbness of hands and feet
    • Palpitations
    • Poor appetite
    • Shortness of breath
    • Slow digestion
    • Stiff neck
    • Tightness of chest
    • Weight gain
    • Weight loss
  3. Emotional symptoms of stress
    • Depression
    • Irritability
    • Suspiciousness
    • Lack of confidence
    • Helplessness
  4. Psychological Symptoms of stress
    • Bad dreams
    • Fatigue
    • Indecisiveness
    • Negative thoughts
    • Poor attention
    • Poor concentration, Poor memory
    • Suicidal thoughts

You should know all the tips on how to manage stress or stress reduction.

Signs of Stress : Stress Test

Sometimes it is difficult to recognize your stress. The early signs of stress are:

  1. Headache
  2. Stiff neck
  3. Backache
  4. Rapid breathing
  5. Too much sweat on palms
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Becoming irritable
  8. Loss of concentration
  9. Increased pulse rate

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