SYMPTOMS OF STRESS

Gauge Your Stress LevelHoliday Stress

  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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