Stress

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Stress

Experiencing stress is part of being alive. A small amount of stress, such meeting a challenge or deadline can actually be helpful. It can lead to increased alertness, energy and productivity. A complete lack of stress can lead to reduced motivation and performance.

Stress triggers off the ‘fight or flight’ response, preparing the body to take action against potential danger. Hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released, causing the heart rate, metabolism and breathing rate to speed up.

Body

The symptoms of stress and changes with your body that you may notice include:

  • headaches
  • other aches and pains
  • sleep disturbance
  • fatigue
  • upset stomach, diarrhoea
  • high blood pressure
  • weakened immune system
  • muscle tension
  • change in sex drive (male or female)
Mind

The symptoms of stress affecting your mind, thoughts and feelings include:

  • anxiety, worry
  • anger, irritability
  • depression
  • feeling overwhelmed and out of control
  • feeling moody, tearful
  • difficulty concentrating
  • low self-esteem, lack of confidence
  • Behaviour

The symptoms of stress that impact your behaviour include:

  • overeating or undereating
  • outbursts
  • relationship problems
  • alcohol, smoking or drug abuse
  • avoiding people