The list of
the signs and symptoms of stress given below will help you to find out if you are suffering from stress. If you are experiencing two or more
symptoms from the groups below, then the chances are that you are over
stressed and need to take some action to help yourself.
Physical Signs of Stress
Biting your nails
Grinding your teeth
Hunching your shoulders
Picking your skin
Tapping your fingers or your feet, jiggling your knees
Fiddling with your hair
In fact any behaviour which you do unconsciously most of the time but when you become aware of it you realise is making you feel uncomfortable, tense or is causing you pain, is associated with being stressed.
Emotional Signs of Stress
Feeling anxious much of the time
Feeleings of depression that last longer than a day or two
Getting angry over little things
Feelings of helplessness
Feeling irritable and impatient
Feeling restless and unsettled
Feeling out of control of your behaviour and/or your life
Losing your sense of humour
Feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope
Feeling tearful and crying for no reason
Behavioural Signs of Stress
Your sleeping has been disturbed for some time
You experience uncontrolled emotional outbursts
You feel aggressive and sometimes act aggressively
You try to do lots of things at once and don't get any of them finished
You overreact when things go wrong or easily interpret what is said to you as criticism
You find yourself talking too fast and/or too loud
You frequently don't hear what people say to you because you are so preoccupied with what is going on in your mind.
Everyone experiences some of these stress symptoms from time to time. However, if you start experiencing several of these symptoms more frequently, you need to take action to reduce your stress before it gets out of control. Using the many stress reduction tips and techniques available on this site will help you to keep your stress under control. They can also help to prevent the many illnesses associated with stress.
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