Stress affects us all. If you can spot the symptoms, you can
Do note, of course, that these symptoms may also be
indicators of other things. (If in doubt, consult you doctor...).
Note also that a stressed person is unlikely to experience
all of these symptoms and that even one can be a sign of stress.
Emotional and cognitive symptoms of stress include:
Feeling frustrated at having to wait for something
Unable to concentrate
Becoming easily confused
Having memory problems
Thinking about negative things all the time
Having marked mood swings
Eating too much
Eating when you are not hungry
Finding it difficult to concentrate
Not having enough energy to get things done
Feeling you can't cope
Finding it hard to make decisions
Having emotional outbursts
Generally feeling upset
Lack of sense of humor
Physical symptoms of stress include:
Headaches, irritability, depression
Dry mouth, mouth ulcers
Pains in chest
Aggravation of conditions such as asthma
Pains in shoulders or neck
Low back pain
'Butterflies' in stomach
Indigestion and 'the gurgles'
Diarrhea, irritable bowel
Ulcers, gastristis, colitis
'Pounding' or 'racing' heart
Cardiovascular disease, hypertension
Muscle spasms or nervous tics
Unexplained rashes or skin irritations
Sweating when not physically active
Menstrual and vaginal disorders
Premature ejaculation, impotence
Unable to sleep or excessive sleep
Shortness of breath
Muscles work in opposing pairs, with movement caused when one contracts
whilst the other relaxes. Stress can result in both muscles working at
once. There is thus no movement, but still muscular tension.
Autonomic nervous system
We have an involuntary nervous system called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS),
which contains two types of nerves.
Parasympathetic nerves conserve energy and keep the systems in a
relatively resting state.