Knowing if you are stressed is sometimes obvious. Other times it is less clear as stress can build without you realising. The truth is that stress has a sneaky way of building up in you until it becomes a serious problem.
Here are 18 physical and emotional signs that you may be suffering from stress and not realising it:
- Weight gain around the waist
- Severe cramps / missed periods
- Sore jaw
- Stomach aches
- Weird dreams all the time
- Unable to concentrate
- Can’t fall asleep or sleeping far too much
- Gum problems or sore mouth
- You are finding less enjoyment in the things you find fun
- Easy tasks are starting to feel impossible
- Feeling overwhelmed in groups or social situations
- Struggling to regulate caffeine, alcohol or tobacco
- Your sex drive has taken a dip
- You can’t kick a cold
- You are finding excess hair in your drain or brush
- You are finding new problems in an otherwise happy relationship
Do any of the above resonate with you? At one point or another, most people deal with feelings of stress. In fact, one study found that 33% of adults reported experiencing high levels of perceived stress.
How stressed are you?
Answer the quiz questions below to see if you or a loved one may be suffering from too much stress.
Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to experiences common among people who are experiencing stress. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past month.
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Talk to a doctor if you are:
- Struggling to cope with stress
- things you are trying yourself are not helping
- you would prefer to get a referral to other services from a GP
A doctor can help you determine whether what you’re experiencing is stress or an anxiety disorder. It’s important to seek help for these symptoms since they can cause significant distress and affect your life and your relationships at home, in school, at work, and in other important areas. A doctor can also refer you to a mental health expert if need be and provide you with additional resources and tools.
Whatever you choose to do, if you are stressed, don’t put off taking action. With the right support and skills things can and do change for the better.