Step 1 - Spot Your Stress Symptoms (20 min)

SUMMARY POINTS

> Stress can sneak up on you and persist in your daily life
> Stress symptoms can be physical, mental/emotional and behavioral
> Recognizing your symptoms can be your ‘early warning system’

Stress can easily sneak up on our daily lives to the point of not even realizing it. Then, it really starts to do some serious damage.

It’s like when you’ve drank too much alcohol and your judgement of how drunk you really are is gone. It’s too easy to have a few more drinks and push yourself into a complete drunken stupor.

To prevent this from happening, you need to identify how your mind and body reacts to stress and become more aware of it when the symptoms begin to appear. Then, you can nip the problem early before it gets too crazy.

Essentially, you need to find out what your “early warning system” signals are.

Here, we’ll group some of the most common stress symptoms into several buckets. You may have a combination of one or all categories.

Identify the ones that you experience most often. Print out this worksheet and write down your main symptoms that you experience.

Physical Symptoms:
- Shallow and fast breathing
- Pounding and/or faster heart rate
- Stomach or digestive issues
- Headaches
- Nail biting
- Tunnel vision or lack of visual focus
- Significant weight gain or loss
- Excessive sweating
- Abnormal amounts of fatigue
- Restless toss-n-turn sleep
- Lack of balance or dizziness
- Nervous shaking hands or twitching feet/legs
- More cold/flu-like symptoms
- Teeth clenching or grinding

Mental/Emotional Symptoms:
- Hopeless or helpless emotions
- Gloomy depression
- Indecision and lack of action
- Lost and directionless
- Internal anger and frustration
- Fast mental triggers for irritability
- Excessive anxiety and worry
- Negative or pessimistic thinking
- Overly sensitive to criticism
- Lower self-confidence and esteem
- Inattentive and lack of concentration
- Mood swings
- Progressive fears of failure
- Scatterbrained thinking

Behavioral Symptoms:
- Faster incomplete talking
- Abrasive interactions with others
- Persistent procrastination
- Loss of appetite
- Outbursts of aggression or anger
- Withdrawal from and avoidance of others
- Losing sex drive
- Snappy behavior from impatience
- Inability to relax
- Losing or misplacing things
- Lack of motivation
- Missing meetings or appointments
- Nausea or vomiting
- Drinking more alcohol or caffeine
- Smoking more frequently
- Losing interest in favorite hobbies
- Overeating and/or indulging in junk food

There are probably others that are not listed above. If so, just recognize how and when they appear. Once you get good at spotting your own symptoms, you can take quick actions to take care of yourself.

The brief video clip below from Natural Cures points out several of the bigger and most common stress symptoms many of us experience.

VIDEO: 9 Signs You're Way Too Stressed
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Natural Cures

LENGTH: 3:59