Symptoms of Stress
The Signs and Indicators

Symptoms of stress gives you a guide to what you may experience as a result of being stressed.

Author: Donna Craine of DC Hypnotherapy

I am sure you have had many people tell you that they, or you, are stressed. There will have definitely been a period of time in your life where you will have been affected by Stress.

Stress in the workplace is very common in roles where the workload is not clearly defined or appears to have no end.

The caring services are a good example where there are always more people needing help than you can deal with.

Sales people and sales managers, that are constantly chasing sales targets, can show signs of stress, both chronic and short term.

It affects many small business owners and working mothers that just don’t have enough hours in the day to fulfill all their roles.

Mild stress for short periods of time can actually be a very healthy sign that you are developing beyond your “comfort zone”.

However, prolonged stress can lead to chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol building up which can lead to various mental and physical symptoms which are listed below.

Mental Symptoms

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Changes In Behaviour
  • Food Cravings
  • Lack Of Appetite
  • Frequent Crying
  • Difficulty Sleeping (Mental)
  • Feeling Tired
  • Difficulty Concentrating

Physical Symptoms

  • Chest Pains
  • Constipation Or Diarrhoea
  • Cramps Or Muscle Spasms
  • Nail Biting
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting Spells
  • Nervous Twitches
  • Pins And Needlesli>

  • Feeling Restless
  • A Tendency To Sweat
  • Sexual Difficulties Such As Erectile Dysfunction Or A Loss Of Sexual Desire
  • Breathlessness
  • Muscular Aches
  • Difficulty Sleeping (Physical)

This is not the definitive list of stress symptoms.

It’s a guide to some of the things you may experience. You do not have to experience all of these symptoms to be stressed. Stress affects different people in different ways, and everyone has a different method of dealing with it.

That’s the good thing, many people have found methods for managing their stress levels, either with self help or by referring to a specialist. I recently interviewed Hazel Stopford, the Director of The Body and Mind Therapy Center, and we discussed this topic at length.

We covered many issues relating to symptoms of stress and spotting the signs of stress, and Hazel tells us how she dealt with the stress of running a small business.

You can see the full interview at Handling Stress as a small business owner.

I will be interviewing other successful women in sales and business to find out how they deal with the symptoms of stress and their self help stress management techniques. My aim over the next few months is to provide you with information for self help, and review articles, books, and other therapies.

More information on stress management
for women

In the next few weeks I will be following and reviewing the SPENT ™ solution. A revitalizing program developed by Dr. Frank Lipman.

For more information you can Visit to see if you are SPENT.

Would you like to take part in the Womanhood project

Perhaps be interviewed as a successful woman who experiences, or has experienced, stress.

Have you read something interesting that you could share, or have you found a stress management technique that works for you.

Have you become aware of the symptoms of stress in yourself and dealt with them. Maybe you have spotted the signs of stress in someone else.

Do you think there are particular issues relating to women and stress?

If you would be happy to share your thoughts and experiences, add a comment, or if you have a question, you can add to this section of the site by leaving Symptoms of stress and moving to stress management for women. Then scroll down the page and simply click and type.

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If you have a question related to the issues here, and would like to ask it without it being published on the website, you can use the contact page on the site.

You can see more information on my work as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by opening the DC Hypnotherapy website

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