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How Does Stress Show Up?

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Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms of stress include:

*Low energy
*Upset stomach including diarrhoea, constipation and nausea
*Aches, pains and tense muscles
*Chest pain and rapid heartbeat, Insomnia
*Frequent colds and infections
*Loss of sexual desire and or ability
*Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
*Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
*Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

Mental Symptoms

Mental symptoms of stress include:

*Constant worrying
*Racing thoughts
*Forgetfulness and disorganization
*Inability to focus
*Poor judgment
*Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

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Emotional Symptoms

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

*Becoming easily agitated, frustrated and moody
*Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
*Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
*Feeling lonely, worthless and depressed or feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem),
*Avoiding others

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