Symptoms of stress are hard to ignore and sometimes hard to understand. Stress symptoms can include anything from loss of appetite to chest pain and everything in between.
While we often know when we're stressed out, other times may not be so obvious. In fact, stress can sometimes take us by surprise. And sometimes the symptoms of stress can be misleading and cause us to misinterpret why we're not feeling so well.
There are many different symptoms and they can differ from person to person which means that this is a very incomplete list. However I have tried my best to include many of the most common stress symptoms.
When we’re stressed, especially for long periods of time, it’s going to take a toll on your mind and your body.
When we're stressed, it's not uncommon to lie down at night and replay our problems over and over in our heads. One of the worst parts of this symptom is that it creates a vicious cycle. The more sleep deprived we are, the less we are able to deal with stressful situations and life in general. And then in turn, the more stressed we are, the less restful sleep we are sometimes able to get.
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Many people overeat when their emotions are out of whack. It's very common for people to deal with stressful or emotional situations by eating more than usual. However, it's also very common for people to eat less or not at all during these times.
Experiencing chest pain can be very scary.
Even if it turns out to be simply a symptom of stress, that's probably a pretty strong sign that you're not dealing with it properly.
Sometimes stress can cause nausea, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, or even ulcers. However, these symptoms can also be caused by many different things; people can easily mistake them for something other than a symptom of stress. These symptoms can also cause additional problems and make you very sick. So if you are experiencing any of these things due to stress, it is very important that you find good, healthy ways of dealing with your stress.
Achy or sore muscles can occur from stress when we carry unreleased tension in our bodies. Regular exercise and relaxation are great ways to relieve this tension as well as our stress.
The above five symptoms are just a handful of the side effects of stress.
Once you've visited your doctor and you are sure that what you are experiencing is a symptom of stress, it's time to take a serious look at how you are dealing with all the stressful things that happen in your life.
Track your symptoms in The Stressful Lives Stress Management Workbook to learn more about how you deal with stress, track your progress, and much more.
Don't let stress make you sick...
Instead, use the information in my Workbook and on this site to create the healthy and happy life that you've been deprived of for far too long.
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