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What are the Symptoms of Stress?

There are a many different symptoms of stress.

Look over the list below. It isn't complete but it can serve as a basic guide for you and your self-awareness. Helping you to self-care.

Stress symptoms result from many related stress causes. They impact your body, your holistic health and your wellness.

There's a balance to how much stress your body can handle. Whether it's positive or negative stress, no matter what the causes of stress are, stress burdens your body. This "burden" is called the allostatic load.

A large load impacts your body negatively.
And you're body lets you know. It lets you know through stress symptoms.

Here's a basic list*:

  • Brain has slower reaction time
  • Abnormal responses to stress
  • Tiredness, fatigue
  • Tight muscles, muscle tension
  • Muscle spasms
  • Breathing is abnormal, shallow, rapid
  • Headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Back aches
  • Illness
  • Risk of major disease
  • Premature aging
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Powerlessness
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Hostility, anger
  • Resentment, irritability
  • Phobias
  • Fears
  • Obsessions, unwanted thoughts
  • High blood pressure
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel
  • Ulcers
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Tics
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Obesity

What is Stress?

The job of stress is to challenge you. It can be a positive or negative challenge. If stress is too regular it becomes chronic stress. This is a heavy burden on your body.

But there's good news. Your body is magnificent.
It's elastic. It can bounce back if you give it the right support. The harmful effects of stress can be reduced. You can learn how to manage stress. A good place to start is looking at what symptoms of stress you may have.

Learn and become aware of you. Make a difference for your holistic health.

Stress relief techniques for pain and stress reduction

Let's shift. And reclaim your calm.

A self-care moment. Try this:

Breathing.
It's a necessity.
And it's affected when you're stressed.

Managing stressful situation(s) becomes harder.

Poor breathing adds to the stress symptoms and stress causes.

Practice a complete natural breath:
1. Slowly breathe in through your nose*
2. Follow your breath into your belly
3. Feel your belly move gently out and
4. Gently feel your lungs filling up
5. Exhale through your nose slowly
6. Feel your shoulders soften and drop

*use your mouth if not possible

If you are breathing correctly:
Your belly moves in and out more noticeably.
Your chest moves slightly.

Stress-related symptoms are your body's way of talking to you. Your body is letting you know that stress is negatively affecting your adult health. Knowing what your symptoms of stress are can be helpful. Change begins with becoming aware of what you need support in. Take another step in your wellness revolution today.

Sources:
* From Berger (2007) and Davis, Eshelman, McKay (1998)
Ashton, J. and Cassel, D. (2002). Review for therapeutic massage and bodywork certification. Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Berger, K. S. (2007). The developing person through the life span (7th ed.). New York: Worth Publishing.
Davis, M., Eshelman, E.R., McKay, M. (1998). The relaxation and stress reduction workbook (fourth edition). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Gerber, R. (1988). Vibrational Medicine: New choices for healing ourselves. Santa Fe, NM: Bear & Company.

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