What are your stress symptoms?

Stress can affect your body and mind in different ways. Know your stress symptoms and get more out of your day. 

How do you respond to stress? Do you feel muscle tension, tight shoulders? if so then stress is affecting your physically.

Or perhaps you feel the emotions of stress? Such as feeling hassled or having a racing mind. Other psychological effects of stress include anxiousness, confusion, lack of attention and an inability to focus on a task.

Signs of stress occur at the physical or emotional level, and often manifest at the relational level.

Physical symptoms of stress

Physical symptoms of stress can also be caused by other illnesses, so it is important to visit your GP.

The following physical symptoms may be increased by stress (note that this list is not all inclusive):

  • Increase in blood pressure and hypertension
  • Back, shoulder or neck pain
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweaty palms or hands
  • Skin problems such as eczema
  • More and colds and flu due to the suppression of the immune system
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Muscle tension, especially in the back, shoulders and neck.

Emotional symptoms of stress

Emotional symptoms of stress can also be caused by other illnesses, so it is important to visit your GP.

Some emotional symptoms of stress are (list is not inclusive):


  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • A lack of concentration or ability to focus on a task
  • Moodiness
  • Frustration or irritability
  • Feeling of ‘butterflies’ in the pit of your stomach
  • Problems with your memory

Knowing how you respond to stress is often a good place to start your stress management techniques because it allows you to put in place

Consider downloading a Stress Diary to Identify Your Causes of Stress

Stress affects your health and well-being.

This makes beating stress in your life a priority.

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