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Signs of Stress
Stress can cause both mental and physical symptoms and the effects are different for different people.  It is so important to recognize when your stress levels are out of control.  The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you.  You can get use to it, it feels familiar, even normal and you don't notice how much it's affecting your life or health.
Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
Cognitive Symptoms:
Emotional Symptoms:
  • Memory problems
  • Depression or 
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Sense of loneliness 
         and isolation
  • Poor judgment
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Agitation, inability to
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Moodiness
  • Constant worrying
  • Irritability or short
Physical Symptoms:
Behavioural Symptoms:
  • Aches and pains
  • Eating more or less
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Sleeping too much
 or too little
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Isolating yourself
 from others
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Procrastinating or 
neglecting responsibilities
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Using alcohol,
 cigarettes, or drugs to
  • Frequent colds
  •  Nervous habits
     (eg nail biting, pacing)
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 a full evaluation.  Your doctor can help you determine whether or not your symptoms are stress-related.
While experiencing one or two of the above symptoms may not be cause for concern, having a number of them may mean you are under more stress than you think.  But recognizing the the symptoms and realizing you are under stress is the first and most important step.  Next, learn how stress affects your health.
What are your personal signs of stress?

Even though there are some good examples of what causes stress, the key is finding what causes stress for you.  
People react to stress in different ways and once you identify your signs, they can serve as your early warning signs.
You should assess yourself for four types of stress signs:
  • Changes in body functions and physical health
  • Changes in emotions and feelings
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Changes in thoughts
Changes in body functions and physical health.
Do you get more:
Are you noticing
Has someone else
noticed this?
Muscle Tension
Nervous Stomach
Breathing Problems
Frequent Urination
Changes in emotions and feelings.
Do you feel more:
Are you noticing
Has someone else
noticed this?
Changes in behaviour.
Are there changes
in how much you:
Are you noticing
Has someone else
noticed this?
Eat (too much or too
Want Sex (more or
less than before)
Drink Alcohol
Use Drugs
Changes in thoughts.
Are you finding it
harder to:
Are you noticing
Has someone else
noticed this?
Remember Things
Look on the Bright Side
Do you find
Now you have pin pointed some early signs, try and relate the stress that is causing these symptoms.
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