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Signs and Symptoms of Stress



Do you experience any of the signs and symptoms of stress?

Physical symptomsEmotional symptoms
  • tightness in chest
  • chest pain and/or palpitations
  • indigestion
  • breathlessness
  • nausea
  • muscle twitches
  • aches and pains
  • headaches
  • skin conditions
  • recurrence of previous illnesses/allergies
  • constipation/diarrhoea
  • weight loss or weight gain
  • change in menstrual cycle for women
  • sleep problems/tiredness
  • mood swings
  • feeling anxious
  • feeling tense
  • feelings of anger
  • feeling guilty
  • feelings of shame
  • having no enthusiasm
  • becoming more cynical
  • feeling out of control
  • feeling helpless
  • decrease in confidence/self-esteem
  • poor concentration

Behavioural symptoms
Psychological symptoms and negative thoughts
  • drop in work performance
  • more inclined to become accident-prone
  • drinking and smoking more
  • overeating/loss of appetite
  • change in sleeping patterns
  • poor time management
  • too busy to relax
  • withdrawing from family and friends
  • loss of interest in sex
  • poor judgement
  • inability to express feelings
  • over-reacting
  • 'I am a failure'
  • 'I should be able to cope'
  • 'why is everyone getting at me?'
  • 'no one understands'
  • 'I don't know what to do'
  • 'I can't cope'
  • 'what's the point?'
  • 'I don't seem to be able to get on top of things'
  • 'I keep forgetting where I put things'
  • loss of judgement


If you do, then please take a look at the following documents:
Improving Concentration
Preparing for Exams
Relaxation Techniques
Activity Sheets​ (including To Do Lists and Time Management)