I thought I would continue with my thoughts about how the symptoms of stress can affect us in our daily lives. Most of us will probably recognise some of the symptoms mentioned below.
Signs that we have become withdrawn, drooped shoulders, frowning, crying or biting our nails. Being late for appointments, sickness, being absent from work. Not wanting to achieve or talking too much, swearing is another sign we may be stressed. Depression is also a sign of stress. When we find it difficult to concentrate, to listen to information that may be important, or simply listening to others.
Smoking is not uncommon, but increasing the amount of cigarettes we smoke, drinking alcohol and using drugs can be another sign of stress. Not being able to concentrate, feeling isolated, trapped or alone. How many of us feel fear, or panic and worry more on smaller matters that we would normally be okay dealing with. If us being able to relax was never a problem and then it becomes a problem, then we’re dealing with stress.
Physically when we are stressed, the body starts to take its toll. We feel aches and pains more when we’re stressed, or withdrawing from wanting or needing an intimate physical relationship. We may also feel tired more, or find that we’re not able to sleep, or not having an appetite for food, or snacking too much between meals.
These are just part of some of the symptoms that can be associated with stress. These symptoms could be problems stemming from other things, not necessarily a stress problem, just to complicate matters. If the symptoms persist or you’re worried, it’s important to talk to someone you can trust or go and see your doctor.