The Physical and Emotional Signs of Stress

Stress is a familiar thing we encounter in the world, but we must not take it lightly. Stress, in severe cases, can cause people to have suicidal thoughts.


The Sophisticats

9/21/2021 2 min read

Nowadays, as society develops, we push ourselves harder and higher. But we take care of our mentality less. Consequently, we develop stress.

According to the Mental Health Foundation in their updated definition, stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure. These days, feeling overwhelmed by work, tasks, or projects seems very common. So, how do we know we are already suffering from stress? 

Stress does not only manifest physically. There are times that we recognize the effects of stress later than we should. For some, they just ignore the signs. But stress is something we should pay serious attention to. Too much stress is bad for our health, and when untreated, we may experience something worse. So, if you notice these signs of stress, it’s a reminder for you to take a break. 

Physical Reactions to Stress

-shallow breathing or hyperventilating

-possibility for panic attack

-muscle tension, muscle strain

-blurred eyesight, sore eyes, eye twitching 

-insomnia, difficulty staying asleep, nightmares 

-fatigue (extreme tiredness) 


-chest pains, heartburn

-high blood pressure

-indigestion, constipation, diarrhea

-feeling sick, dizzy, weak

-sexual problems, (such as losing interest in sex)

Emotional Reactions to Stress

-anxious, nervous

-cranky, usually about small things 

-depressed, feeling lonely, and hopeless

-uninterested in the things you used to enjoy such as your hobbies

-lack of concentration, easily distracted

-pessimistic or negative view of situations

-In severe cases, you may have suicidal thoughts

For some people, stress manifests in less common ways. These are the uncommon signs of stress we also have to watch out for: 

Three Uncommon Signs of Stress 

Heightened sense of smell and ringing in your ears. According to studies, the increased stress hormones in the body cause people to identify smells more accurately and strongly. 

Skin problems. Stress can aggravate skin problems such as psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. It can also cause hives and other types of skin rashes. Acne may also break out 

Increased sensitivity to pain. Pain tolerance may be affected by stress. Stress can make the hormones that help people deal with pain less effective, so experts think it results in heightened pain response.  

The level of stress that we experience varies. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to wait for it to be severe before you take action. When you observe the early signs of stress, it is wise to deal with it as soon as possible. Take a breather from your stressful job or routine. If you need to be away for a few days, do so. Friends and families may also help you relieve your stress. Listening to calm music and consuming your comfort foods also work. Always grab that chance to save your mentality when you can, because when it’s too late, no one may ever be able to save you. 

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