SYMPTOMS OF STRESS

Posted on: November 29, 2017

GAUGE YOUR STRESS LEVEL

Read through this list of common ways we show stress. You are your best judge, if too many items on this list sound like you, come on in to the Y and tell us. We can help!

  1. Emotional:
    • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
    • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control
    • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
    • Feeling lonely, worthless, or depressed, having low self-esteem
    • Avoiding others
  2. Physical:
    • Low energy
    • Headaches
    • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation and nausea
    • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
    • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
    • Insomnia
    • Frequent colds and infections
    • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
    • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
    • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
    • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
  3. Cognitive:
    • Constant worrying
    • Racing thoughts
    • Forgetfulness, disorganization, inability to focus
    • Poor judgment
    • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
  4. Behavior:
    • Changes in appetite – either not eating or eating too much
    • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
    • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
    • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting and fidgeting

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