Warning Signs and Symptoms of Stress
What are your warning signs and symptoms of stress? Knowing your stress symptoms allows you to put in place strategies to remain calm and relaxed.
Modern life is full of stress. Deadlines at work, concerns about job security, financial worries, and other daily hassles. For many people stress is a fact of life, but stress does not have to be a way of life!
While you can't avoid stress, knowing your symptoms of stress is an important step to taking control of stress.
Under stress your body diverts resources away from bodily maintenance to high alert and preparedness for ‘fight or flight’.
Constantly running in emergency-mode means stress can take it's toll on you physically and emotionally.
If you frequently feel frazzled and overwhelmed then it is time to take control of stress.
Here we provide some of the common warning signs and symptoms. These include:
Physical symptoms of stress
Stress affects each of us differently which means that each of us has our own unique stress signature. However there are some common short and long-term physical stress symptoms.
When stressed there are a number of things that occur to us physiologically which result in stress symptoms.
Blood is shunted to vital organs.
As the fight or flight response is activated blood is diverted from less vital organs such as the gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidney to more vital organs such as the brain, heart, and big muscles.
This results in a number of physical symptoms of stress such as:
Blood pressure and heart rate increase.
When the stress response is activated heart rate and blood pressure increase to supply more blood to the vital organs. Increase heart rate may result in:
Increased blood pressure may result in:
To get more oxygen into your blood and vital organs when stressed you increase your respiration rate.
This may result in breathlessness and a disturbance of the oxygen/carbon ratio and hence acid balance in your blood.
This may cause more anxiety stress symptoms.
Other physical symptoms of stress
Other physical stress symptoms include:
Emotional symptoms of stress
When stressed your body and mind is preparing itself for an emergency. This can mean that you may see things as more threatening and have more negative thoughts than normal.
If the emotional signs of stress are ignored then stress can manifest into depression and anxiety and other more serious emotional issues.
Stress affects your thoughts and feelings. Some common emotional warning signs of stress include:
Behavioral symptoms of stress
Stress not only affects you physically and emotionally, but can also escalate into anti-social behavior that puts pressure on relationships with family, co-workers, and others.
Some of the behavioral signs of stress include:
What you can do today to manage your stress symptoms
It is important to be aware that there are a number of illnesses and health conditions that may contribute to all of these symptoms of stress.
While your doctor may work hard to evaluate all the possibilities, ultimately the responsibility is likely to be yours.
There are a number of ways that you can consider if these symptoms are caused by stress. Some clues that the symptoms may be attributed to stress include:
To identify the causes of stress with your symptoms of stress there are a number of things you can do.
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