At some time in our life there will be some episode or event that causes major stress and change your lifestyle. Such crises are often known as life events, that produced stress, it is not necessary harmful stress, the events include such emotional traumas as divorce, bereavement and moving house. Our adaptability and ability to relax and cope with stress was damaged, often resulting in illness.
Everyone reacts differently to stress: some people naturally find one particular life event more damaging than another; and heredity, lifestyle and diet all affect an individual’s response.
Many ordinary complaints and conditions can be the result of stress. But when one or more of the signs or symptoms occur more regularly than normal, or are more difficult to ignore, this can be a signal that your stress level is becoming inadequately high. That means it is time to reconsider your lifestyle and take steps to cut stress.
- Irritability and/or over excitability
- Feeling depressed
- Intolerance of others and/or yourself
- Aggressiveness and/or anger
- Fussiness-particularly over small things
- Restlessness and/or impulsiveness
- Tension and a feeling of being ‘strung up’
- Anxiety about small things
- Loss of concentration and/or memory
- Feelings of frustration
- Feelings of panic
- Nightmares or disturbed dreams
- A feeling of being apart
- Dithering about decisions
- Frequent crying
- Loss of interest in sex
- Feeling of loss of control
- Illogical worries and/or fears
If you are in any doubt about your health, visit your family doctor. Some of the signs and symptoms of stress can be similar to those produced by serious illness.