Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. When you're constantly stressed, your mind and body has to pay a huge price. You can protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and by taking necessary steps to reduce its harmful effects.
Everyone responds to stress in a different manner. Your symptoms may be different from someone else's. Here are some of the signs to look for:
Eating disorders: This is the most common sign of stress. It creates disturbance in a person’s everyday diet. It can manifest as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating. The condition may begin as just eating too little or too much but obsession with over eating affects the life of a person leading to severe changes.
Emotional Instability: A stressed person experiences mood changes that are very dramatic and very severe, so much so that they significantly impact work, school, relationships, or other areas of functioning. They may feel okay at one moment but feel extremely angry, sad, lonely, afraid, jealous, or guilty later.
Memory Problems: A stressed person loses the ability to remember information and events that they would normally be able to recall. It could be something that happened seconds or minutes ago, or a memorable event that occurred in the past.
Aches and Pains: No matter your age, stress can affect anyone and be a harrowing experience. The most common body aches and pains caused by stress are headache, stomach ache, neck pain, back pain, muscle pain, joint pain and neuropathic pain etc.
Lack of energy and focus: A stressed mind lacks energy which makes the person lethargic and as a result they lose their focus from their goals and actions.
Low self-esteem: Those who suffer from low self-esteem experience extreme fear and anxiety frequently, believing that there is something innately wrong with them. It kills their confidence which results in avoiding social situations, trying new things and facing challenges.
Sleeping Disorder: Stress causes the inability to fall asleep, frequent waking up during the nights, snoring and restless legs syndrome. Sleep disorders can make you feel tired, fatigued, and irritable, making it difficult for you to concentrate at any work or activity.