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Common Symptoms Of Stress In The Body

Upset stomach and back pains? Frequent Headaches? Easily get irritated? Don’t ignore the symptoms. These could all point to one cause: Stress. 

While stress is a normal body response and, at times, can be beneficial, it is counterintuitive when our stress symptoms are unmanaged. That is why it is important to include stress management in your checklist.  

Managing stress can be easy, especially when you have identified the stress symptoms, But they can be tricky! How do you know if it is already stress? 

This article will outline the common stress symptoms in the different areas of the body. Make sure to tune in until the end. 

What Is Stress? 

Stress is perhaps on top of the trending vocabulary in health. But what is it really? 

Everyone experiences stress, which is a typical human reaction. The human body is built such that it can experience stress and respond to it. Your body responds physically and psychologically to changes or challenges (stressors)

The “fight-or-flight” response, sometimes called the stress response, is the physiological response that causes your heart rate to rise, respiration to quicken, muscles to tense up, and blood pressure to rise. Your body adjusts to new surroundings with the aid of stress reactions. It can help you stay focused, motivated, and prepared to avert danger. 

Our bodies are built to handle stress in moderation. However, we lack the means necessary to manage persistent, chronic stress without negative effects. 

What Happens When There Is No Stress Management? 

With long-term stress that remains unmanaged, your body, mental, and emotional health will be severely affected. Managing stress is, therefore, necessary. Without proper stress management, you would fall victim to these serious complications. 

  • Psychological issues like anxiety, depression, and personality disorders 
  • Perimenopausal and menstrual issues in women 
  • Heart illness, high blood pressure, chest pains, heart attacks, and strokes 
  • Acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other issues with the skin and hair, as well as irreversible hair loss 
  • Sexual dysfunction results in loss of desire for sex in both men and women and impotence and premature ejaculation in men. 
  • Digestive issues such as GERD, heartburn, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome 

You sure don’t want to experience any of this, right? You must start with a decision and pair it with action to manage your stress. This starts by assessing what you feel and identifying the symptoms of stress. 

Common Symptoms Of Stress In The Body 

Depending on the changes in your life, stress may be a short-term or long-term problem. Regardless, symptoms may be unclear and similar to those brought on by illnesses. It is crucial to talk about them with healthcare professionals. Any of these areas that show stress symptoms could be present in you, so stay attuned to yourself. 

Physical Symptoms 

  • Chest discomfort and a fast heartbeat 
  • Sleeping problems like insomnia 
  • Frequent infections and colds 
  • Loss of sexual urge or function 
  • Trembling, ringing in the ears, cold or sweaty hands and feet, and anxiousness 
  • Little to no energy 
  • Frequent Headaches 
  • Nausea and vomiting, along with diarrhea and constipation 
  • Muscle aches, pains, and tension 
  • A dry mouth and difficulty swallowing 
  • Jaw clenched and teeth grinding 

Emotional Symptoms 

  • Having trouble unwinding and calming your mind 
  • Feeling unworthy, lonely, and miserable, as well as having poor self-esteem 
  • Avoidance of others 
  • Getting angry, annoyed, or moody easily 
  • Feeling pressured, as though you need to take charge or losing control. 

Behavioral Symptoms 

  • Variations in appetite, such as not eating or eating excessively 
  • Avoiding obligations and procrastinating 
  • increased consumption of alcohol, drugs, or smoking 
  • having more anxious habits, including fidgeting, nail-biting, and pacing 

Mental Symptoms 

  • Persistent worry 
  • Flustered thinking 
  • Forgetting things and being disorganized 
  • Unable to concentrate 
  • Faulty judgment 
  • Being pessimistic or just considering the negative 


Managing stress requires understanding the body and the possible stressors that are causing the stress. While the physical, emotional, behavioral, and mental stress symptoms presented above are not limited to stress alone, it is important to visit a healthcare provider and seek healthcare assistance once you experience these stress symptoms frequently. 

Talk to someone you can trust, and learn relief strategies to overcome your stress symptoms before it becomes chronic.  

What are your coping mechanisms for stressful situations? Share it below. It could help someone. 

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