Stress Symptoms


Stress Symptoms to watch out for

Early warning signs of distress

Some people respond emotionally, behaviourally, some mentally, others in body, but mostly a combination.
Find ways to relieve stress and release the pressure, to blow off steam so that you can prevent burnout, illness and even death.

Stress is a high risk affliction – it could kill you

Stress hormones trigger chemicals that accelerate ageing, encourage inflammation and psychosomatic illnesses, and increase aches, pains, dis-ease and degenerative diseases.

Researcher findings about stress:

If you are stressed you have:

  • an increased risk of breast cancer
  • double the risk of becoming obese or developing diabetes
  • more than double the risk of developing dementia
  • 12 percent lower likelihood of falling pregnant
  • 70 percent increased risk of disabilities in later life
  • 5 times greater risk of dying of heart-related problems.

Warning signs that you are over-stressed

burnoutYou might think you are coping, but if you have any of the following distress symptoms you may want to re-consider, because they could be the result of too much stress.

Symptoms of too much stress

  • You have aches and pains; headaches, migraines, backache, PMS, pains in joints or muscles.
  • Simple decisions seem like huge problems.
  • You are procrastinating. Procrastination is the name of the game and you are not doing what you need to.
  • You are more accident prone.
  • There is an increase in allergic reactions.
  • You neglect hygiene or looks, withdraw from social interaction, and are generally disinterested.
  • You find it difficult to concentrate, have muddled thinking, and are forgetful.
  • You feel unduly fatigued, depressed, tired, neglected, exhausted most of the time, low, hopeless, helpless, or moody, anxious.
  • You have suicidal thoughts.
  • You are struggling with your weight, either losing or picking up weight, and can’t help yourself.
  • Your digestion has changed; you experience diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, wind, stomach upsets, vomiting, IBS, chronic hiccups.
  • Sleep disruptions; you have trouble sleeping, difficulty falling asleep, or you wake up in the wee hours of the morning and can’t get back to sleep, you can’t wake up when you should, have regular nightmares, or feel unrested even after more than 8 hours of sleep.
  • You are oversensitive, irritable, intolerant, hypercritical, lose your temper easily, lose perspective.
  • You indulge in non-stop talking, running commentary, or talk to yourself all the time.
  • You have asthma, heart palpitations, can’t shake off colds and flu.
  • You urinate more frequently than normal.
  • What are you overdoing?
    •  Eating, drinking, watching videos all day, scrubbing, sleeping, working, exercising?
  • What are you overindulging in?
    • Food, alcohol, drugs, TV, workaholism?
  • You have one or more of the following mannerisms: (most of which are probably subconscious)
    • nail biting
    • hair pulling
    • adjusting clothes
    • nervous tics
    • restless legs
    • tapping fingers
    • clicking pen
    • involuntary twitching or grimacing
    • tremors in vocal and other body parts
    • voice changes (shaky, trembling voice), stammering.

Out of whack?

The more of these symptoms you display, the more likely it is that there is something wrong. These are all indications that things are out of whack and need attention.

These stress symptoms may occur for reasons other than stress; they may have a psychological, neurological or medical origin (e.g. tremors might be caused by Parkinson’s Disease)….  However, Parkinson’s may be the result of long-term stressors or chronic stress factors too.

If left unattended these symptoms could go downhill and lead to chronic illness and pain, ulcers, heart attacks, cancer, phobias. So the sooner you can address these clear indications that something is ‘out of whack’, the better.

Early distress warning signs

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