How To Recognise Signs Of Stress.
Do you know what symptoms are caused by stress?

How many signs of stress do you suffer from?


How often do you experience any of these physical or emotional responses to stress? Are letting stress affect your health? Can you recognise the signs of stress in your family members or friends?

Check our list of 50 stress symptoms.

The effects of stress are difficult to define because stress affects each of us differently. Things that are stressful for me might even be pleasurable for you. We also respond to stress differently. Some people blush, some of us eat more while others grow pale or eat less.

Have you ever thought that your irritating skin rash was a sign of some dreaded disease, only nothing helps it to clear?...

I have!...

I break into itches regularly and thought that my days were numbered. But I have learned that this is my body’s way of responding to unmanaged stress in my life. It is very helpful to recognise stress symptoms and prevent unnecessary panic about your state of health.

Of course, the next step is to put a stress management plan into action...

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Have a look at the following list of some 50 common signs and symptoms of stress.

50 Stress Symptoms List

  1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
  2. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
  3. Gritting, grinding teeth
  4. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts
  5. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
  6. Stuttering or stammering
  7. Trouble learning new information
  8. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
  9. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion
  10. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  11. Ringing, buzzing or "popping sounds
  12. Difficulty in making decisions
  13. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness
  14. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness
  15. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed
  16. Little interest in appearance, punctuality
  17. Obsessive or compulsive behaviour
  18. Frequent blushing, sweating
  19. Cold or sweaty hands, feet
  20. Overreaction to petty annoyances
  21. Dry mouth, problems swallowing
  22. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
  23. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
  24. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess
  25. Rashes, itching, hives, "goose bumps"
  26. Unexplained or frequent "allergy" attacks
  27. Increased number of minor accidents
  28. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
  29. Rapid or mumbled speech
  30. Social withdrawal and isolation
  31. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug us
  32. Excess belching, flatulence
  33. Reduced work efficiency or productivity
  34. Constipation, diarrhoea
  35. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work
  36. Difficulty breathing, sighing
  37. Chest pain, palpitations
  38. Sudden attacks of panic
  39. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
  40. Increased anger, frustration, hostility
  41. Problems in communication, sharing
  42. Frequent urination
  43. Excessive gambling or impulse buying
  44. Poor sexual desire or performance
  45. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue
  46. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
  47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs
  48. Weight gain or loss without diet
  49. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings
  50. Increased or decreased appetite





It is obvious from the above list that stress can have wide ranging effects on your emotions, mood and behaviour.

Equally important but often less appreciated are effects of stress on the various systems, organs and tissues of your body – have a look at our effects of stress diagram.

Stress symptoms are your body’s cry for help – whether it be physical symptoms of stress, emotional or psychological.

Which signs of stress attack you when you are not coping?...

Contact us if you need suggestions or want to share your experience. We would love to hear from you.



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