Physical Stress Symptoms

Signals your body is giving you that you are stressed.

90%

Percent of all illnesses and diseases, including cancer and heart disease that experts claim stress is responsible for.

ACHES & PAINS

Back Aches, Chest Pain, Neck Ache, Stomach Pain, Headache/Migraines are all indicators of stress.

COLD HANDS or FEET

When you're anxious, your blood flow is redirected away from your extremities and toward your larger organs in your torso, which can leave your fingers and toes cold to the touch.

DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS

Frequent belching, constipation, flatulence (gas), heartburn, nausea, and diarrhea can all be caused or worsened by stress.

DIZZINESS & FAINTNESS

Stress can cause the body to shunt blood to body parts vital for survival and away from those that aren’t. These changes also cause the heart rate and respiration to increase. And many more. These changes alone can cause a person to feel ‘dizzy’ and lightheaded.

DRY MOUTH

Air has a tendency to dry out the mouth, and those with anxiety are tremendously prone to mouth breathing.

FATIGUE

Stress can cause physical fatigue, also known as muscle weakness or lack of strength. It can also cause mental fatigue where you may feel sleepy, have a decreased level of consciousness, difficulty concentrating , or in some cases show signs similar to that of an intoxicated state.

HEART PALPITATIONS

Palpitations can feel like the heart is fluttering, throbbing, flip-flopping, murmuring ,or pounding. They can also feel like the heart skips a beat.

INFERTILITY

Stress boosts levels of stress hormones, which can inhibit the release of the body’s main hormone, GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone), which is responsible for the release of sex hormones. Subsequently this may suppress ovulation in women and reduce sperm count in men, contributing to infertility.

LOSS of SEX DRIVE

Cortisol is one of the hormones produced by stress. If elevated levels of cortisol are being produced for a prolonged period of time, they suppress our sex hormones. Lower quantity of sex hormones equals lower libido.

MUSCLE SPASMS

During anxiety, the body experiences severe stress, and to respond to that stress it uses up nutrients in the muscles and bones, like magnesium. These nutrients are necessary for proper nerve functioning, and in some cases can cause your muscles to contract or spasm as a result.

SHORTNESS OF BREATH

Stress can cause shortness of breath or make it worse. Being anxious tightens the muscles that help you breathe, and this makes you start to breathe faster.

SKIN CONDITIONS

Stress can worsen acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. Stress can also cause itching, hives and other types of skin rashes and trigger a flare-up of fever blisters.

SWEATING

Excessive sweating can occur when we’re anxious. Stress can cause an increase in respiration and heart rate to shunt blood to the parts more necessary for emergency action and away from those that aren’t. This causes the body's temperature to increase. Increased perspiration is to help cool the body.

TINNITUS

New research has found that many people report the onset of ringing/buzzing in the ears (tinnitus) after experiencing a significant stress or anxiety. So elevated stress, such as stress-response hyperstimulation, is a common cause of ringing in the ears.

URINATION

Frequent urination is a common anxiety and stress reaction. Stress causes the body to eliminate waste as quickly as possible (so that you don’t have to stop and do that when either fighting or fleeing). Many people feel the urge to go to the restroom when they are anxious or stressed.

WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEM

Stress weakens the body's immune system. Ongoing stress makes us susceptible to illness and disease because the brain sends defense signals to the endocrine system, which then releases an array of hormones that not only gets us ready for emergency situations but severely depresses our immunity at the same time. This includes colds/flu, allergy attacks, and frequent infections.

WEIGHT GAIN

Stress can cause you to gain weight by increasing food cravings, releasing cortisol which increases belly fat, decreasing the amount sleep you get and by making you feel lethargic, which can make you prefer to behave as a couch potato.

77%

Percent of people in the U.S. who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.

More Signs You Are Stressed

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BEHAVIORAL STRESS SYMPTOMS

Changes in your behavior that signal you are stressed.

COGNITIVE STRESS SYMPTOMS

Signals your brain is giving you that you are stressed.

76%

Percent of people in the U.S. who cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress.

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