By learning the symptoms of stress and its causes, you can start to implement strategies to relax on your own. You might start to notice the symptoms described below when, for example, you face a difficult situation at work or have trouble communicating with a loved one.

Recognizing Stress

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“Stress” is the body’s reaction to a seemingly harmful situation. The symptoms can vary from person to person as everyone handles stress differently. Stress can affect physical health, emotions, thinking processes, and behaviors. You may experience one or a combination of symptoms.

Physical Stress Symptoms

The most common physical symptoms of stress include:

Emotional Stress Symptoms

When you are stressed, emotional symptoms include:

Cognitive Stress Symptoms

Your thought processes may be impeded by stress, showing up as:

Behavioral Stress Symptoms

You may exhibit these behaviors:

Dealing with Stress

While stress is a normal part of life, it can rise to a level that is difficult to handle. To minimize health consequences that come with long-term stress, including mental health problems like depression and anxiety, as well as skin problems like acne, your best course of action is to talk to your doctor.

Also, some stress symptoms can be signs of an underlying health disorder, so your doctor is trained to diagnose you properly. If the cause is stress, then the doctor can recommend a therapist or counselor to help you get your stress better under control.

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