There are many symptoms of stress. Some of these are physical and others are psychological. Check out the typical symptoms below.
Physical symptoms of stress:
• Muscle tension or pain
• Chest pain
• Stomach ache, irritable bowel
• Sleep problems
• Change in sex drive
Psychological symptoms of stress:
• Sadness or depression
• Irritability or anger
• Lack of motivation
• Difficulty concentrating
• Can’t slow down your thoughts
Most people know the symptoms that tell them they are stressed, but all too often they ignore their symptoms (“I don’t have time to have a headache!” Sound familiar?). Think of these symptoms as the early warning signs--the “red flags”--that tell you to stop and take a moment to consider how to better handle whatever is going on. By attending to these early signs you may be able to prevent yourself from feeling much worse later on.