Stress – Spotting the signs and symptoms

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Physical and mental signs of stress; spotting the signs

When you’re under a great deal of stress, you may find that you’re more emotional than usual, or get angry at the smallest things.

Here are some signs of stress to look out for in yourself (and others):

Anxiety or nervousness
Anger or irritability
Difficulty concentrating or forgetfulness
Depression or low mood
Fatigue Withdrawn mood
Feeling overwhelmed
Difficulty sleeping
Tearfulness
Lack of confidence
Lack of motivation
A change in eating habits or appetite
An increase in alcohol or drug use

Stressed employee

Stress hormones also have an effect on your body too. Look out for some of these physical signs too:

Muscular tension
Headache
Tense jaw
Teeth grinding
Increased perspiration
Stomach ache
Increased blood pressure
Increased heart rate
Increased sweating
Dry mouth
Heart palpitations
More prone to infection
Skin rashes
Constipation
Broken sleep

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