Are you under stress without knowing it?

Stress symptoms can affect your health, although you may not realize it. You may think that an illness is the cause of your headache, your irritable mood, your frequent insomnia, your loss of vitality or your reduced productivity at work. But stress can very well be the real cause.

Common effects of stress

Indeed , symptoms of stress can affect your body, thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Being able to recognize the symptoms of common stress can help you manage them better. Remember that stress left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity or diabetes.

Common symptoms of stress

On your body

  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in libido
  • Sleep problems

  • Stomach pain

On your mood

  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety

    Lack of motivation or concentration

    Feeling overwhelmed

    Irritability

About your behavior

  • Anger
  • Explosions
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Tobacco consumption
  • Social withdrawal

    Less physical activity

    Taking action to manage stress

    If you recognize symptoms of stress, take steps to manage it better. Explore stress management strategies, such as:

    Exercise regularly

    Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi, massage, heart coherence

    Keep a sense of humor

    Spending time with family and friends

    Set aside time for hobbies, like reading a book or listening to music

    Above all, try to find active ways to manage your stress. Inactive ways of dealing with stress like watching TV, surfing the internet or playing video games, may seem relaxing, but they have the opposite effect and contribute to increasing your long-term stress.

    Finally, make sure you get enough sleep and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid the consumption of tobacco, excess caffeine and alcohol or the use of illegal substances.

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