Stress is difficult to define because each person experiences it differently. Things that are distressful for some people can be pleasurable for others. There are many physical and mental responses to stress. With awareness, people learn to identify their own stress warning signs and take steps to manage stress. Below is a list of some signs and symptoms of stress to help you understand how stress can affect us.
Some of the physical signs and symptoms of stress include churning stomach, diarrhoea or constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, excess perspiration, fatigue, headaches, nausea, palpitations, pre-menstrual syndrome, sense of heart pounding, shallow breathing, sleeping problems, increased colds/flu, indigestion, tension headaches or muscle tension.
There are also mental and emotional responses to stress, including anxiety, self-blame or blaming others,
catastrophising, cynicism, depression, guilt, fear, feeling unable to cope, frustration, anger, jealousy, irritability, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, impatience, lack of concentration, indecision, low confidence and self-esteem, thinking negatively or ruminating on events.
Keep in mind that the signs and symptoms of stress can also be caused by other psychological and medical problems. If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of stress it’s important to see a doctor for an evaluation. Your doctor can help you determine whether or not your symptoms are stress related.
Stress management is about understanding how your body reacts to these pressures and learning how to build your body’s resilience to stress.
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Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 13 February 2018
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