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How To Tell If You Are Stressed Out

posted Aug 28, 2012, 8:35 PM by S. Wickelgren   [ updated Nov 1, 2012, 3:25 PM by Mark Wickelgren ]
Stress has become an ordinary part of our lives. One will always encounter pressures and demands in life brought about by a job, family, and even the community. Stress has become such a great concern in the workplace as more and more people claim to experience it as a result of work overload or conflicts within the organization.

Basically, stress is a normal response from the body to environmental pressures. It can bring out the best from someone who can respond to it positively or it may lead to a distressed life when taken negatively. There are a lot of tips and ideas used to manage stress effectively. But, how will you know if you are already stressed out?

Here are some of the assessments to bear in mind:
  • Physical manifestations. Stress can affect the body in many ways. It can affect almost all systems of the body. According to an American Psychological Association research, 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms of stress. The most common signs and symptoms of stress include: increased heart rate and respiratory rate, feeling of tiredness most of the time, experiencing aches or pains in any part of the body, increased blood pressure, frequent cold and decreased libido, etc. If you have experienced some of these physical signs and symptoms, take it as a warning that you are stressed. These physical changes can eventually lead to different kinds of diseases.  It is a must that you are aware of the physical manifestations of stress so you can address it effectively and prevent the problem from worsening. Ask for medical help to be certain of your health condition. As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure.”
  • Emotional manifestations. Moodiness, irritability, short-temper, inability to relax, sense of loneliness, feelings of depression, worrying, feeling anxious, feelings of helplessness, and out of control are some of the emotional symptoms of stress. Your emotions greatly affect your health. Your body responds to how you feel and act. A weak emotional status may lead to different health problems such as high blood pressure or stomach ulcers. You don’t want that to happen, do you? It is very important to be aware of your feelings and emotions because if you continuously experience negative emotions, it may lead to certain diseases like cancer.
  • Behavioral manifestations. Do you often smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs to feel relaxed? Do you usually isolate yourself from others? Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you manifest nervous habits such as nail biting or pacing? If you answer yes to these questions, you are probably stressed out.
Being aware of the physical, emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms of stress can greatly help you manage it effectively. Most people have the ability to cope with stress but tend to apply the negative coping mechanisms. Knowing its signs and symptoms doesn't completely guarantee you living a stress-free life, though. You need the help of mental health professionals.
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