Stress Symptoms

Man experiencing stress symptomsStress has wide ranging effects on every aspect of your life including your emotions, feelings, behavior as well as your efficiency at work. Its symptoms can vary drastically from one person to the next, but some of the most commonly observed stress symptoms are:

Physical Symptoms of Stress

  • Headaches
  • Poor digestion of food
  • Diarrhea, constipation, nausea
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain in chest and shoulders
  • Short breathing
  • Frequent colds and fever
  • Diminishing desire for sex
  • Feeling tired
  • Sleep problems
  • Constant weight loss or gain

Emotional Symptoms of Stress

  • Depression, anxiety, anger
  • Nervousness, developing nervous habits
  • Becoming easily irritated, agitated
  • Inability to feel relaxed
  • Low self-esteem, feeling of worthlessness
  • Inability to make decisions that involve risk
  • Short temper
  • Inability to face criticism

Cognitive Symptoms of Stress

  • Forgetfulness, mismanagement
  • Lack of focus
  • Difficulty learning new ideas and information
  • Pessimism, being overwhelmed by negative thoughts

Behavioral Symptoms of Stress

  • Low work efficiency
  • Feeling uncomfortable in society, feeling of loneliness
  • Increased use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes
  • Showing neglect towards responsibilities
  • Sleeping too much, especially at irregular times


If you are facing any of the symptoms listed above, you are likely to be experiencing the effects of stress. The greater the symptoms, the more intense stress you are in. Stress is a very treatable condition.

Please Note: Pain in chest etc is always advisable to get checked out by your medical practitioner.


Tania A Prince

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