What are the Negative Side Effects of Stress?

Stress can be a really unwelcome guest if you’re not careful about managing it. Too much stress, especially if you experience it too regularly, can result in symptoms that may actually make you feel like you’re sick. If you’re experiencing a nagging headache, trouble sleeping or decreased productivity at work, you may have stress to blame. Stress can affect you physically, emotionally and behaviorally.

Being able to recognize common stress symptoms before they get out of control can help you manage them. And, managing stress is important because when stress goes completely unchecked it can lead to more serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Physical stress symptoms

  • Headache

  • Muscle tension or pain

  • Chest pain

  • Fatigue

  • Change in libido

  • Upset stomach

  • Sleep disruption

Emotional stress symptoms

  • Anxiety

  • Restlessness

  • Lack of motivation or focus

  • Feeling of being overwhelmed

  • Irritability or anger

  • Sadness or depression

Behavioral stress symptoms

  • Overeating or under eating

  • Angry outbursts

  • Drug or alcohol abuse

  • Tobacco use

  • Social withdrawal

  • Exercising less often

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