Symptoms of stress are always best dealt with earlier rather than later. Stress is a condition that can build up over time if left unchecked. Its important that we become more aware of our own anxiety stress symptoms and remain watchful for any physical symptoms of stress.
Symptoms of Stress are Warning Signs
Our bodies tell us through symptoms of stress that something’s wrong. It’s important to be alert for anxiety stress symptoms and understand the situations that cause them. A persistent stress physical symptom can be a considerable health risk as they deplete your immune system. Some research even claims that 90% of illness is stress-related.
Physical Symptoms of Stress
Each stress physical symptoms can also be caused by other disorders and illnesses. You should consult your doctor about any physical symptoms of stress just in case. Such symptoms may result from or be exacerbated by stress.
- Muscle tension; neck, shoulder, and lower back pain.
- Persistent indigestion, diarrhea, stomach cramps, gas, constipation, heartburn, nausea irritable bowel syndrome.
- Heart palpitations, heart pounding, irregular heart beat, increased heart rate, chest pains.
- Increased blood pressure
- Persistent fatigue.
- Shortness of breath, holding breath, asthma attacks.
- Skin problems, acne breakouts, eczema, psoriasis, itching
- Periodontal disease, jaw pain, grinding teeth.
- Tension headaches or migraine headaches
- Sleep disturbances, sleeplessness / insomnia, restlessness, sleep too much, trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or early waking.
- Trembling, dizziness, sweaty palms, cold hands, cold feet.
- Weight gain or loss, eating disorders.
- Delayed hair loss (telogen effluvium)
Mental Symptoms of Stress
Like stress physical symptoms, mental symptoms can also mask underlying problems other than stress. See your doctor or physician if you’re in doubt.
- Forgetfulness and memory problems.
- Loss of concentration, fuzzy perception, poor judgment.
- Disorganized, confused, trouble thinking clearly
- Lack of interest, diminished fantasy life.
- Math errors, mental mistakes.
- Negative self-talk, muttering to oneself, mentally replaying negative events over and over.
Emotional Symptom of Stress
Emotional symptoms of stress may also inicate conditions other than stress. Be sure to investigate if another disoroder may be causing such anxiety stress symptoms. If in doubt, always consult your doctor or physician.
- Mood swings, irritability, moodiness.
- Hostile, abrasive, aggressive feelings
- Low self-esteem.
- Anxiety, nervousness, feelings of panic.
- Mild depression.
- Phobias, such as fear of enclosed places, heights, etc.
- Loss of sense of humor
- Over emotional, tearful.
- Feeling out of control.
Relational and Behavioral Stress Symptoms
These symptoms of stress can lead to anti-social behavior which can affect your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues at work, and even complete strangers.
- Involved in more arguments.
- Conflicts with colleagues at work.
- Over reactions to situations, road rage.
- Isolated from soical activities.
- Violence at home or at work.
- Keep changing jobs.
- Drinking alcohol excessively.
Sudden or Severe Stress Symptoms
After an extreme experience such as in an accident, losing a loved one, as a victim of crime, or in a warzone, sudden and/or severe stress reactions may occur. These conditions are commonly known as acute stress disorder, post traumatic stress disorder or post traumatic stress syndrome. Such symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder usually require professional help to overcome.
Understanding the kind of stress you are under is important to knowing how serious any symptoms of stress are.