Stress & Anxiety (Self-Care) - Symptoms of Stress

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When someone is in continually stressed state there are some typical symptoms:

FEELINGS

  • Tense
  • Irritable
  • Overwhelmed/Helpless
  • Anxious

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

  • Feeling of 'butterflies in the stomach'
  • Being tired/exhausted
  • Unexplained shortness of breath
  • Feeling sick
  • Poor concentration
  • Disturbed and unrefreshing sleep

THOUGHT PATTERNS

  • 'This situation won't change'
  • 'I can't cope'
  • 'How can I manage all this?'
  • 'I'm out of control'
  • 'I never have enough time'

BEHAVIOUR PATTERNS

  • Having difficulties concentrating
  • Always being too busy
  • Easily losing your temper
  • Feeling easily distracted
  • Always putting things off.

It's important to spot these early warning signs, because prevention is better than cure. Eventually if the body can no longer regulate itself properly, health problems may follow: at first stressRelating to injury or concern.-linked symptoms, such as heart palpitationsThe feeling when you become aware of your heartbeat - when frightened, for example., dizziness, shortness of breath, and unexplained pain. If these sensations make you feel more stressed, the stressed state can become a vicious circle that undermines well-being and harms your health.