We hear so much about ‘Stress' these days. It seems Stress is everywhere and we invoke the term all the time, but what are the common signs and symptoms of Stress?
Below I introduce you to 50 signs and symptoms of it.
If you tick at least a third of them, you should consider give yourself a break and take some holidays!
Or at least engage in some wellness activities.
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If any of the signs and symptoms are persistent, please do seek medical guidance immediately!
Some signs and symptoms might be related to other things than Stress and only a MD is able to properly assist you.
50 Signs and Symptoms of Stress:
1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
2. Gritting, grinding teeth
3. Stuttering or stammering
4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
6. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness
7. Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds
8. Frequent blushing, sweating
9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet
10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing
11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
12. Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”
13. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks
14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
15. Excess belching, flatulence
16. Constipation, diarrhoea, loss of control
17. Difficulty in breathing, frequent sighing
18. Sudden attacks of life threatening panic
19. Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse
20. Frequent urination
21. Diminished sexual desire or performance
22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility
24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings
25. Increased or decreased appetite
26. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
27. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
28. Trouble learning new information
29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion
30. Difficulty in making decisions
31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed
32. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts
33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness
34. Little interest in appearance, punctuality
35. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
36. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess
37. Overreaction to petty annoyances
38. Increased number of minor accidents
39. Obsessive or compulsive behaviour
40. Reduced work efficiency or productivity
41. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work
42. Rapid or mumbled speech
43. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
44. Problems in communication, sharing
45. Social withdrawal and isolation
46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue
47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs
48. Weight gain or loss without diet
49. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use
50. Excessive gambling or impulse buying
Instead of reaching for candy, try one of the top 16 foods for stress relief.
There's no cure-all food to erase frustration, but you can get some stress relief by including more of the below mentioned foods in your diet.
1. Avocado and Banana
Ok, they’re two in one, but they're loaded with potassium, a vital mineral for keeping blood pressure low.
Calm frazzled nerves with a soothing cup of your favourite tea blend.
3. Swiss Chard
The magnesium in Swiss chard and other leafy veggies helps balance the body's stress hormone, cortisol.
4. Fatty Fish
The heart-healthy omega-3 fats in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna manage adrenaline levels to help keep you calm, cool and collected.
5. Whole-Wheat Pretzels
Not only will you feel fuller from the fibre, but also the carbohydrates offer an energy boost and trigger the brain to release a feel-good chemical called serotonin.
Munching on crunchy foods helps beat stress. Nutrient-rich carrots, celery and other crunchy, fresh veggies offer satisfying crispness that won't bog you down with too many calories.
Have a glass to get more B vitamins, protein, vitamin D and bone-building calcium to relieve tense muscles. Stick to the low-fat (1 percent) or skim varieties. Try drinking some milk around bedtime to bring on more restful sleep.
Next time you are feeling stressed, skip the ice cream and instead enjoy a colourful yogurt parfait.
Stress runs you down, which leaves you open to sickness. Almonds, pistachios and walnuts can boost your immune system with vitamins and zinc.
Research indicates that dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones. Chocolate also contains sugar (a carbohydrate), so it releases mood-improving serotonin.
It's all right to indulge; just keep the portions in check.
This superfood helps regulate blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and counteract stress.
Berries are ripe with antioxidants without too much sugar, and they are good for your mental health. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are packed with vitamin C, which will help you fight stress.
Ok, we all know that a bad side effect of eating garlicky food is bad breath, but, besides protecting us against a whole host of diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure and hypertension, garlic serves as a tonic, that is, it works to actually reduce fatigue and other symptoms of stress in the body.
A complex carbohydrate, oatmeal causes your brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical. Not only does serotonin have antioxidant properties, it also creates a soothing feeling that helps overcome stress
Vitamin C helps to keep your immune system strong.
This shellfish may be famous for its aphrodisiac powers, but thanks to their high level of zinc – a mineral that has been shown to decrease the secretion of cortisol in your body – oysters can also help decrease your stress levels.