What are the signs and symptoms of stress?

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Living in this day and age, stress is a normal part of modern life. You will be exposed to some sort of stress every day, whether it’s waking up to an alarm, driving the car, paying bills, working, meeting deadlines – all of these can take their toll. But do you recognise the signs and symptoms of stress?

Sometimes stress can be so overwhelming, it feels like it is taking over your life. Thankfully, the body has an amazing, protective stress response system to help you cope. The stress response was historically designed to kick in to save your life; nowadays, your stress response is being activated every day rather than just when you come into contact with a hungry tiger! However, this ongoing activation by your nervous system can lead to symptoms of stress and mood disorders that are becoming increasingly common.

Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Stress

Depending on the type of stress and how long you have been experiencing it, you may be familiar with some of these signs and symptoms that can occur in acute (short-term) stress or with ongoing stress.

Signs of acute stress

  • Muscle tension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Energy fluctuations
  • Alertness
  • Sleep disturbances

Signs of ongoing stress

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Worrying
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Weight loss or weight gain

How stressed are you? How well is your body coping?  Adrenal function tests could provide the answer as to why you are feeling run down, fatigued, moody or as some people describe “not feeling quite right”. We offer these tests at both the Brisbane CBD and Graceville clinics.

Keep your eyes out for the next blog where we will go through tips and nutrients to help your body better deal with ongoing stress.

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