Virtually, every human being is stress up in one way or the other at a particular time in their life. In so far as you have something to do or struggle with or in so far as this world is not yet a bed of roses, you cannot avoid stress. It is a normal body response to things that upset and threaten our balance in some way. However, we can also control stress and reduce it. There are signs and symptoms that are associated with stress. Whether you are cognitively, physically, emotionally and behaviorally stressed, you can know through its signs and symptoms. Below are some of the signs and symptoms of stress.
Signs and symptoms of cognitive stress
Memory problem: if you are cognitively stressed, it will show itself in the way your memory functions both long and short term memory. You will definitely begin to have memory problems. You may see yourself forgetting a lot of things which ordinarily, you will not forget.
- Lack of concentration
Another symptom of cognitive stress is lack of concentration. You will lack the ability to concentrate or to do any meaningful cognitive activities. If you are a student, you will find it difficult to concentrate on your academic activities. This coupled with poor memory will make you to have poor grade unless you are able to control it.
- Poor judgment
This is a natural consequence of the above two symptoms of cognitive stress. If you are cognitively stressed, you will not be able to give good judgment on this as you will lack concentration and have poor memory to remember facts.
Other cognitive symptoms of stress are:
- Constant worrying
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Seeing only the negative
Emotional symptoms of stress
Stress affects our emotional well being in a number of ways. It can cause emotional instability and may even rupture your social relationship owing to its emotional symptoms. The emotional symptoms of stress include the following:
- Agitation, inability to relax
- Irritability or short temper
- Depression or general unhappiness
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Feeling overwhelmed
Physical symptoms of stress
Stress manifest itself in a number of ways in our physical existence. It weakens you and affect the quality of your health in many ways. It can lead to other health problems. Here are some of the physical symptoms of stress.
- Aches and pains
- Frequent cold
- Low libido or loss of sex drive
- Nausea and dizziness
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Sleep difficulty
Many people do not know that stressing themselves too much can affect their behavioral and may even lead to cultivation of bad habit and lifestyle. If you are stressed up, people around you will begin to noticed some
change of behavior or character in you. Below are some of the behavioral symptoms of stress.
- Eating excessively or very little or lacking the appetite to eat
- Staying alone or not missing up with others
- Nervous habits such as pacing and nail biting
- Taking alcohol, drug or tobacco in order to be able to relax
- Neglecting responsibilities or procrastinating one's task