Symptoms of Stress

symptoms of stress

Stress symptoms aren’t always easy to identify because it they can commonly disguise themselves as other physical and emotional problems. Many people don’t even realize that the signs that they are experiencing are indications of high stress levels in their lives.

Often, stress symptoms are blamed on illness because they frequently feel the same. For example, a chronic headache, fatigue, insomnia, and digestive issues can feel just like a flu that a person cannot shake. However, while a disease could easily be the cause, so can increased pressure and strain levels.

It is also challenging to identify the stress symptoms as such because they can impact just about any part of your life, from your physical wellbeing to your emotions, mood, thoughts, and even your behaviors. However, becoming aware of what they might be can help you to identify them in your own life so that you can take action to reduce them and begin feeling better.

When left unchecked, stress symptoms can continue to build and can lead to much larger emotional and physical health problems, such as depression, anxiety disorders, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, some kinds of cancers, and diabetes.

The first step to finding out what is behind the signs you are experiencing is to take a trip to your doctor. This is because one of the best ways to identify stress as a culprit is by ruling out other potential causes.

There are many common stress symptoms, which include the following.


  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion/digestive upset
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain or tension
  • Changes in sex drive


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability and ease of anger
  • Loss of drive or motivation


  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Tobacco use
  • Overeating
  • Under-eating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Violence
  • Social withdrawal

If you experience these stress symptoms – particularly if they are occurring over time or if they are recurring – then it is highly recommended that you speak with your doctor so that you can look into various management strategies that will help you to better cope with the various pressures in your life.

Without taking action to deal with them, stress symptoms typically either remain the same or worsen, but don’t get any better. Managing them doesn’t have to require you to rework your entire lifestyle. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes out of every day to decompress. Physical activity is an important part of this. People who exercise have far lower stress levels than those who are more sedentary.

There is no need to join a gym (unless you want to). A brisk walk every day in the morning, at lunchtime, and/or after work can be enough to help you to breathe and unwind. Many people also find that relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation and Tai chi can make all the difference in the world.

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