Signs of Stress
From Kicking Your Stress Habits
By Donald A. Tubesing, PhD, MDiv
You’re already very familiar with some stress symptoms, but distress can cause a wide range of conditions. Maybe you have some that you didn’t know are stress related. There are five categories the common warning signs of stress can take; physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and relational signs.
|Physical Signs||Emotional Signs||Spiritual Signs||Mental Signs||Relational Signs|
|Headaches||Frustration||Loss of meaning||Dull senses||Hiding|
|Fatigue||Feeling blue||Doubt||Low productivity||Resentment|
|Insomnia||Mood swings||Acting Unforgiving||Negative attitude||Loneliness|
|Weight Change||Bad temper||Martyrdom||Confusion||Lashing out|
|Illness||Nightmares||Searching for miracles/magic||Lethargy||Intolerance to other’s feelings|
|Muscle pain||Crying spells||Loss of direction||Whirling mind||Clamming up|
|Indigestion||Irritability||Cynicism||No new ideas||Lowered sex drive|
|Pounding heart||Easily discouraged||Blaming others||Boredom||Nagging|
|Accident prone||Depression||Apathy||Spacing out||Distrust|
|Teeth grinding||Nervous laughter||Intolerance to others’ faith||Mental bullying||Lack of intimacy|
|Skin outbreaks||Worrying Excessively||Feeling abandoned||Feeling stupid||Using people|
|Restlessness (eye twitching, foot-tapping, finger-drumming)||Feeling like no one cares||Needing to prove self||Poor concentration||Less contact with friends|
|Increased drug, alcohol, tobacco use||Feeling happiness is just out of reach||Challenging a higher power||Feeling useless||Fear of betrayal|
- What stress symptoms have you experienced that you didn’t know were stress related?
- What are you experiencing now?
- Is there a category (emotional, relational, etc) that you have more symptoms in than the others?