Symptoms of Stress

The symptoms of stress are numerous.

It’s only in recent years that the effects of stress have really come to light, and have now been acknowledged. You’ll hear much about work related stress in the media. Around 1.5% of the UK workforce suffer from stress caused or exacerbated by work!

But stress can be triggered in all walks of life, not just through the pressures of work. It could be our relationships, financial situation, health related, or dozens of other possibilities. Yet, no matter what the cause of stress, the affect it can have can be detrimental for all.

Symptoms of Stress

You’ll be amazed at the following list of symptoms. At least, I know I was! To really understand these, they are grouped into four main categories: behavioural symptoms, cognitive symptoms (the way we think), emotional symptoms, and physical symptoms.

Behavioural

Cognitive

Nail biting or fidgeting

Lack of concentration

Eating more/less

Worrying (often needlessly)

Alcohol and cigarette abuse

Negative thinking

Change in sleeping pattern

Forgetfulness

Emotional

Physical

Moodiness

Nausea and dizziness

Short temper

Diarrhoea or constipation

Low mood or depression

Loss of libido

Feeling overwhelmed

Low immunity

The list above is far from exhaustive. Now that you can see how wide and varied the symptoms of stress are, you will be able to think of and recognise symptoms yourself. Dealing with Stress

There are always going to be stresses in your life, and in some circumstances a little stress even brings the best out of you.

But when it starts building up and becomes overwhelming, that’s when you have to take charge! This is when you employ your stress management techniques.

First of all, you have to recognise the symptoms of stress above. Know yourself and your limits. It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s actually a strength! Dealing with stress is actually a skill, and once you conquer it you (and the people around you) will be better off.

Think of it like this. You are much more productive and efficient when your are stress free. So recognising your limits will ensure you are at your best.

When things start getting on top of you, take some time out. Learn how to rest and relax. That doesn’t necessarily mean sitting in the dark with your eyes shut and having a snooze. Do the things that make you happy, which helps you put things in perspective. Family and friends are good for this, so go socialize!

Or why not try some stress management games? Not only are these great stress relievers, but are great fun too!

And if there’s too much going on at work, speak with your boss. I bet they would appreciate your honesty more than a missed deadline. You have a voice . . . use it! It’s good to talk.

And then, in keeping with this site, there’s physical exercise. Working on your overall fitness is a great way to raise your mood. It’s a fact that exercise releases feel-good endorphins which make you feel happier. So there’s no excuses. Get your gym shoes on and get moving!

There are many ways to combat stress. You just have to work out what’s good for you. After all, we are all different. Flick through the articles below and get some ideas.