Many people have difficulty recognizing signs of stress in their body. The mind/body connection is real, and learning to monitor changes in yourself can help you make changes before your symptoms are out of control. Often physical symptoms stem from psychological distress, and physical complications and ailments can create psychological problems. All of the time individuals present for therapy knowing they do not feel well, but uncertain of why. Monitoring your symptoms early, and evaluating your situation when experiencing only a few or mild changes in your body, can help you make changes early and prevent more serious psychological distress. All of the symptoms of stress/psychological distress can make it harder to function, live according to your values, and meet your goals.

Here are some signs and symptoms related to stress from… you may find yourself surprised by what stress can do to the body!

Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Memory problems
  • Indecisiveness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor judgement
  • Negativity
  • Anxiety
  • Racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Irrational thought
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Excessive or unrealistic fears

Physical Symptoms:

  • Headaches or backaches
  • Muscle tension and stiffness
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Chest pain, rapid heart beat
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Skin breakouts
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Moodiness
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Short temper
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Inability to relax
  • Feeling tense or “on edge”
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating self from others
  • Proscrastination
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (i.e., nail biting, pacing)
  • Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Overdoing activities (i.e., exercising, shopping)
  • Overreacting
  • Picking fights with others

Learn to pay attention to your body, catch changes quickly, think about situations in your life that may be causing these changes, and act early to reduce stressors and improve your overall physical and psychological health!

Find much more information related to stress, why it happens, and how to prevent/reduce it here…



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