The Many Signs of Stress

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International Stress Awareness Week is observed on November 7th-11th. It was created to increase awareness, provide information on how to recognize stress, and reduce the stigma of its effect on a person’s physical and mental health.


So what exactly is stress? Stress is a physiological and psychological response to events and situations in our environments that are triggering. It can affect our emotions and our behaviors in our everyday lives. Stress in moderation can be beneficial; it is a survival mechanism to help us adapt and survive. When chronically exposed to stressful events, these responses can become maladaptive and no longer serve their healthier purpose, causing changes in your physical and mental health. Life can become busy, full of responsibilities, tasks, and struggles of balancing all aspects of it. Identifying the signs of stress while managing everyday responsibilities can become challenging. Below are physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of stress to look out for;



Physical Signs


Headaches

Fatigue & Irregular sleep

Digestive Problems

Chest pain and increased heart rate

Low sex drive

Body Aches and pain

Increased or decreased appetite







Cognitive Signs


Difficulties with memory

Difficulties concentrating and thinking clearly

Poor Judgment

Inability to make decisions




Emotional & Behavioral Signs


Changes in eating habits

Restlessness

Excessive Worrying

Anxiety

Feeling impatient and irritable

Increased use of Alcohol or Smoking

Feeling overwhelmed






For more information on what stress is and to recognize the signs of stress, please see the links below.

https://isma.org.uk/how-to-identify-stress

https://www.stress.org/


By Carolay Ceballos

Mental Health Counseling Intern



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