Exploring the symptoms of stress
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a good amount of energy, well-functioning memory and good motivation on a daily basis. But if you regularly feel sluggish, uninspired or overwhelmed, you could be suffering from the common side-effects of stress. We’ve listed the main symptom of stress below and it’s worth taking note of all of them.
The Mental Symptoms of Stress
Stress can affect your mental capacity quite significantly. When you feel stressed you can succumb to:
Seeing only the negative in situations
The Physical Symptoms of Stress
Chances are, if you’re suffering from stress, you’ll start to physically feel unwell. You’ll experience:
Aches and pains (particularly in the back and shoulders)
Feeling sick and dizzy
Poor quality sleep
Frequent colds and flu
The Emotional Symptoms of Stress
The emotional symptoms of stress can have a lasting impact on your relationships with your family, your partner, your friends and your colleagues. Stress may be a contributing factor to:
Sudden mood changes
Irritability and bad temper
Can’t switch off
Over a prolonged period of time, all of the stress symptoms mentioned here will reduce your happiness and leave your quality of life hanging in the balance. The only way to combat these mental, physical and emotional feelings is to take active steps to prevent and manage stress.
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©Paula Ruane 2021 – The stress and resilience specialist