What are the most common symptoms of stress?

What are the main symptoms of stress?

When we think of stress we often think of having sweaty palms or a fast heart rate or of butterflies in your tummy.

But there are lots of other symptoms associated with stress. 


Physical Symptoms of Stress include:

  • Headaches
  • Aches and pains
  • Muscle tension
  • Reduced libido
  • Skin breakouts/ acne
  • Nausea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or diarrhoea
  • Panic attacks
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Fast heart rate
  • Struggle to lose weight or weight loss
  • Insomnia
Image of woman holding her head and screaming with symptoms of stress

Emotional Symptoms of stress

  • Aggression
  • Changes in mood
  • Poor decision making
  • Pessimism
  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Feeling weepy/emotional
  • Feeling unable to cope
behavioural symptoms of stress include drinking too much alcohol

Behavioural Symptoms of Stress

  • Reaching out for alcohol, recreational drugs and tobacco
  • Changes in appetite and under or over eating
  • Sleep disorders – sleeping too little or too much
  • Lack of motivation


Let’s Talk about Stress

How to stop feeling stressed

Get Help with Stress – NHS

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I am a Reflexologist, Reiki Master Practitioner and Writer from Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. I love writing about Health and Wellbeing, Mind Body Spirit and Reflexology. When I’m not at work, you can find me in the kitchen cooking up a storm!

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