There’s a very fine line between being worried, stressed and depressed. Although, one of these
conditions might lead to the other, the impact and degree of each differs
A lot of us do not read into the symptoms of stress that our body emits, we mistake it to be
fatigue or temporary illness. Here is a list of symptoms common, although not
exclusive to stress and which will help you in figuring out whether you are
stressed out or not.
- You’d be surprised to know that stress does not just affect your mind, but takes its
toll on your body, organs and even your reproductive system. Start by exploring
and being attuned to your body, try to communicate and understand the signals
your body gives off.
- When you feel your muscles tensing up accompanied with giddiness, chances are you
could be stressed about something.
- Aches and pains such as headache, back pain, shoulder stiffness, chest and neck pain
all points towards stress coupled up with being physically worn out.
- In women, a lot of time stress could result in late periods, menstrual disorders
and abdominal cramps during the time of the month.
- Nervous tics and sweaty palms are common when you are nervous, but if these persist,
you might want to get yourself tested for stress.
- Apart from physical symptoms, there are a number of emotional clues that your body
puts forward. What you think could say a lot about your attitude towards stress
and whether or not you are capable of handling stress.
- If all you see is a bleak future or are constantly plagued with negative thoughts
about yourself, your relationships (both personal and professional) people’s
perception of you and in general, you could be stressed out and also not being
able to tackle it well.
- Self-loathing, inferiority complex or a loss of faith in yourself, over a period of time could
be a symptom of stress.
- If you suddenly have started dreading social gatherings or become irritable and snappy at a joke made by a co-worker or friend, you have lost your sense of humor and not being able to see the light side of the situation is one of the major symptoms of negative stress.
- Do you forget birthday, anniversaries and meetings often? Loss of memory and the
inability to concentrate points that you’re mentally and emotionally fatigued
due to over stressing.
- A lot of people take to binge drinking or eating to combat stress. Both alcohol
and food has been proven to provide comfort during adverse situations.
- Occasional smokers might take up smoking on a dangerously high level as the usual rumor
goes that smoking can reduces anxiety and stress.
- Rampant and mercurial mood swings are one of the most recognized symptoms of stress. If
you can go from sad to angry in a record time, perhaps it’s time to fix an
appointment with a doctor?
When you first start understanding symptoms of stress, try to focus what is your current
attitude towards dealing with stress. Try to be strong and face your fears,
figure out what is causing you to stress over, once you have the cause, a solution