How To Identify The Symptoms Of Stress And How To Cope With Them

It never ends does it? Every day the problems, responsibilities, tasks and work accumulates. Everybody needs it right away! Not even the high tech gadgets and tools seem to help much. These may even speed up your life even more. 

Studies show that one in two people have experienced stress when they turn 40. Now I have to ask you, do you suffer from stress and can you cope? 

Admitting you cannot cope 

Okay, so you’re admitting that you are stressed. Well done. It may take more courage to recognize you cannot cope and you are not suffering, but the first step is the most important part of defeating stress. The answer to all problems starts with that very first step. The problem with this is that most people don’t see it. 

Usually, you would be the last person to find out if you have a problem. If you asked your friends and family, they may tell you. But most probably they won’t tell you unless you ask them because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. 

Now that you took the first step, what is the part of your life that you don’t like any longer? Do you find time for your own indulgences? Do you get to relax? Do you do good things for yourself? 

Do you believe that is selfish? Are you resenting all your responsibilities, tasks, jobs or people who fill your life day and night? Or perhaps, it has been this way for a long time. 

Now is the time to stand back, take control of the situation and take action. 

Identify the signs of your distress 

How do you know if you’re suffering from stress? What are the symptoms of stress you have to look for? There are three different types of stress symptoms and they are physical, emotional and mental. 

Physical symptoms of stress may include: 


·         Headaches 

·         Heart pounding 

·         Indigestion 

·         Fatigue 

·         Sweaty palms 

·         Skin breakouts 

·         Shortness of breath 

·         Tight stomach 

·         Cold hands 

·         Sleeplessness or sleeping too much 

·         Tight muscles or pain 

·         Nausea 

·         Diarrhea 


Emotional symptoms of stress may include: 

·         Depression 

·         Moodiness 

·         Anxiety 

·         Irritability 

·         Hostility 

·         Lack of sense of humor 

·         Getting upset easily 

·         Abrasiveness 

·         Nervousness 

·         You can be easily upset 

Mental symptoms of stress may include: 


·         Poor judgment 

·         Forgetfulness 

·         Confusion 

·         Loss of concentration 

·         Disorganization 

·         Inability to think when required 

·         Lack of interest in anything 

·         Making simple math errors 

·         Negative self-talk 


You may have experienced some or a combination of these symptoms of stress. Since everybody is different, you could react differently than others. 

Recognizing and admitting the problems you have, if only to yourself, is a very significant start. The next phase is discovering what you can do to fix them. This may not necessarily mean you have to use medication or pills. 

You may not realize this, but there are different natural ways to relieve and manage stress that do much better for you and your health. 

It’s up to you to explore what is the best for you.