Saturday, February 11, 2012

Side Effects of Stress

Stress doesn’t always come out as an emotion. We often stuff the emotions and then it finds a way to surface elsewhere. Dealing with our stress in a healthy manner is vital to our health. Talking about it, drawing pictures, journaling, eating healthy and exercising can help reduce stress.  If you aren’t sure whether or not you are processing your stressors look at the signs and symptoms below.

50 common signs and symptoms of stress according to the American Institute of Stress.

1.  Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or

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


  1. this is Michelle Michonskis mom Mary I have 14 of the stress signs. guess i need help huh

  2. A lot of us have some of those symptoms but I am happy to help if you want it! :) It would sure be nice to get rid of some of them, huh?

  3. Mary,
    Why don't you e-mail me about this and we can talk. I didn't post your comment just in case you didn't want other people to read it.

  4. I am glad that you did the research and found these side effects of stress. Aside from these side effects of stress there are as well stress related illnesses. Among the ordinary ones are infertility, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, ulcer, hyperthyroidism, and also tooth and gum disease. These health conditions are just another set of reasons why we need to get divest of stress the soonest time possible.
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