Our symptoms of stress are a guidance to how we are coping.



The symptoms of stress are an important feedback on how the life we live affects us. They tell us how well we handle our reaction to life situations and which areas we are sensitive to.

Picture this scene: We are asked to do a presentation of an idea for the board of directors it is understandable if we have stress symptoms like butterflies in our stomach or tension in neck and shoulders before and during the presentation. Once it's over those reactions are likely to diminish and if the meeting was successful feelings of joy and satisfaction will take their place.

Here's another scene: We go every day to a job we normally like. After a dispute with a colleauge the workdays starts with headache, muscle tension or feelings of discomfort. By the time we become aware of the symptoms we may have "forgotten" the dispute and for a while longer we take a painkiller and think no more of it. Or we remember the argument but choose to not deal with it and in both cases the physical discomfort continues and developes into a more cronical and serious condition.


In both examples the reactions and symptoms of stress can be obvious for the outside viewer looking in, but not as evident for the person experiencing the situation. As a friend, coworker or alike we can make a difference if we, when we notice any changes in our friend's behaviour bring it up in a gentle manner.

Stress symptoms are not typical for neither the cause of stress nor for who experience it. As we are individuals, our symptoms are likely to be different from those of our neighbour.


Symptoms of stress can affect us temporarily and/or appear after a longer exposure to a stressor. We need to get to know ourselves and how we, ourselves, respond to a stressful life. The signs are likely to be about the same every time our life situation becomes stressful. For most the signs of stress are first detected in our face. Care for your face first. This is an important issue to understand and take interest in as we strive towards regaining balance and wellness. Other common signs of stress are
  • headache, physical tension and pain

  • short temper, irritation or anger

  • unsufficient sleep or sleeping too much, fatigue

  • withdrawal, depression

  • eating disorder (see link at bottom of page)

  • weight gain or loss

  • high bloodpressure

  • anxiety, worry, frustration

  • reduced or no sexdrive

  • hairloss

  • eye problems

  • gnash ones teeth

  • sleepwalking

At the fight or flight reaction our brain sends signals which releases hormones to aid in the respons. The hormons are essential for physical alertness and fast decisions. If we are under stress for a longer period of time the same stress hormones are wearing our bodies down. They gradually damages our immunesystem to the degree that (as rescent studies show) people who live under stress for a longer time will have a shorter life.


We can see that stress symptoms can be physical, psycological as well as emotional. It may take months or even years before the effect of our stress symptoms becomes visible. A temporary symptom can quite easily and not so apparently turn into a more complexed one where an experts help is needed.

Best is of course if things will not go so far before we ourselves or someone close to us detects the reaction, already in an early stage. Then stress reduction and relief will hopefully bring us back to balance. Look into some suggestions on stress relief here. I have added a special page on sleep for some relief suggestions.

All symptoms of stress must be taken seriously and acted upon. Also the ones that seem to be harmless.



Valuable links on Symptoms of Stress

Overcome-Binge-Eating.com is a helpful resource for anyone who is struggling with binge eating. You will find the information you need to jump start the healing process.


Save Your Marriage or Relationship Are you in a marriage or relationship tight spot? Plenty of article, tips and advice to help you overcome relationship stress, including stories shared by readers just like you, along with live, online guidance from professional relationship coaches - all compiled in one place!



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