When too stressed out, and having your physical body under pressure from the stress hormones for too much time, some natural signs of stress might start showing. Stress is fairly dynamic, and shifts over time, which can lead to high stress levels at a certain point, and lower at others.
This affects what kind of symptoms, and what level of strengths of these, you experience at various times. In this way, it might be hard to stop and realize that what you are feeling, actually is due to stress, and it can through this risk being chalked up to some other reason, or not noticed at all.
For that sake, it may be practical to understand how the body reacts under stress, in order to be able to change it in the future. Following is some of the common signs of stress you might be familiar with.
It is important to understand that stress might have both physical and psychological consequences. It is not strange to experience one or both of these, and how you respond to stress is quite individual and dependent on the situation you currently are in.
Some common physical signs of stress are:
Feeling tense a lot of the time, leading to problems with not being able to relax, headaches and muscle pain.
Fatigue and a general lack of energy, such as feeling tired all the time, a diminished sex drive and low or non existent motivation to do things.
Physical nausea, and problems such as stress-eating or a complete lack of appetite, confusion, or even a
frequently racing heart beat.
Psychological signs of stress
Psychological signs of stress might include:
- Anxiety or depression, a feeling of being overwhelmed and nervous by your everyday life, and a general negative view of the world and life. Sadness, lack of motivation and even lack of sleep.
- Lack of concentration, like trouble remembering certain things, or possibly not being able to take some things off of your mind. As well as taking your problems home from work, or private problems to work.
- Self medication, through substances such as alcohol, tobacco or narcotics. Abuse of which could trigger further physical or psychological consequences.
The mind and the body together
It might be hard to tell these signs of stress apart, as the mind and body usually affects one another, which is why it is important to look at the bigger picture when it comes to stress. Properly identifying the symptoms might also be of importance, if the aim is to reduce overall stress in your life.
Just assuming that the lack of energy is due to bad sleep, circumstances or a poor diet, or that the anxiety is related to other general things in life, could cloud your view of the fact that you are actually stressed, and that you might need to take some time to either sort things out, or remove stressful objects from your life. It might not be a pleasant realization, but it is important to let your symptoms guide you, in order to establish a more healthy routine.
Regardless of how stress affects you personally, not all symptoms of stress are as severe as those described above, however it is equally important to address the problem at hand if you feel it might bear an impact on your well being. Stress is not unnatural or necessarily dangerous, but it should be taken seriously if too frequent or demanding. It might affect you differently depending on the situation, yet the consequences could over time be equally important.
Stress does not have to be a natural part of your work, family or life in general for that matter. And it is never too late to change things, and take control over your life.
More reading about the signs of stress, and more
If you are interested in more reading about the signs of stress, we recommend reading this article by helpguide.org. After you have learned to recognize the signs of stress, you should move further and read about the causes of stress. If you already know what causes your stress, you can start reading about how to manage stress. We sincerely hope this reading will be helpful to you!