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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


Common Symptoms of Stress

Welcome to a journey of self-awareness as we delve into the subtle signs that might indicate stress. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to overlook these signals. Let's explore the common symptoms that could be your body's way of saying, "I need a break." 


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Stress often manifests physically. Experiencing unexplained headaches, muscle tension, or stomach discomfort? These could be stress-induced signals. 

1.  Physical Aches and Pain

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Are you struggling to fall asleep or waking up in the middle of the night? Sleep disturbances are common indicators of stress affecting your mental well-being. 

2. Changes in Sleep Patterns

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If you find yourself snapping at loved ones or getting irritated over minor inconveniences, it might be a red flag for underlying stress. 

3.  Increased Irritability

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Feeling exhausted even after a full night's sleep? Chronic fatigue could be a result of stress taking a toll on your body and mind. 

4. Persistent Fatigue 

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Whether it's overeating or a loss of appetite, drastic changes in eating habits may indicate stress affecting your emotional equilibrium. 

5.  Changes in Apetite

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Struggling to focus or making simple decisions? Stress can impair cognitive function, making even routine tasks challenging. 

6.  Difficulty Concentrating

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A pounding heart without physical exertion could be a sign of heightened stress levels impacting your cardiovascular system. 

7.  Increased Heart Rate   

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Mood swings, anxiety, or a persistent feeling of sadness may be indicative of stress affecting your emotional state. 

8. Emotional Rollercoaster

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If you find yourself withdrawing from social activities or isolating yourself, stress could be playing a role in your desire for solitude. 

9.  Isolation and Withdrawal

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Experiencing a constant stream of racing thoughts or finding it challenging to concentrate due to a persistent mental fog? Stress can overwhelm your mind, leading to forgetfulness and a sense of mental clutter. 

10. Racing Thoughts and Mind         Fog 

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Remember that acknowledging these symptoms is the first step toward managing stress. Listen to your body, prioritize self-care, and seek support when needed. A balanced and mindful approach can pave the way to a healthier, stress-free life. 


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