Signs of Stress | Stress Symptoms

Signs of Stress | Stress Symptoms


– Stress impacts us all. And while some stress can be good for us, it’s motivating and it
pushes us forward in life, too much stress can have
negative consequences on our physical and mental health. In this video, we’ll explore
some of the signs and symptoms of being overstressed to help answer the question,
are you stressed out? I know I’ve been stressed out before. (Dr. J exhales) (door slams)
Oh, what the. (machine whirs) What the heck, why? Whoo, so let’s identify some
of those symptoms of stress so you can start living
a more balanced life. Let’s get into it. (birds cawing) (upbeat music) Woohoo, hoo, hoo. What’s up, everyone, it’s Dr. J, and I make videos about
different psychological concepts that raise awareness about mental health. If you’re loving these videos, you can click that big ole
subscribe button down below, and stay tuned for plenty more to come. Today we’re gonna talk about stress. So stress is a daily occurrence. But when we’re under chronic
stress, it can add up and create a lot of different symptoms. So how do you know when
you’re stressed out? Well, let’s look at the
different clusters of symptoms and start with physical symptoms. Let’s start out with one
of the most recognizable physical symptoms of being stressed out, and that’s having a lack of energy. We can notice this from the second we wake up in the morning, or it can just progress
throughout the day. This sort of sluggish fatigued feeling where you just don’t have
as much energy as normal. So what’s one of the most
common behaviors we do when we feel this lack of energy? Yep, you guessed it,
consuming the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world, caffeine. If you feel pulled to use
more and more caffeine throughout the day,
this might be a red flag that you are stressed out. While caffeine does give us
that short burst of energy which can feel amazing, research suggests that it increases the amount
of stress hormone released and it also increases the
person’s perception of stress. So before I make all my coffee lover and caffeine lovers mad,
we’ll have to discuss the pros and cons of
caffeine in another video. Another physical sign of
stress is aches, pains and body tightness. Since we know stress triggers the fight, flight or freeze response to some perceived threat
in the environment, it’s no wonder that our muscles
and body would tighten up under stress. I know for me when I’m
stressed out for awhile, I’ll notice my shoulders rising and my back becoming so tight, but you might notice some
of these physical symptoms with tightness through
the jaw, through the eyes, or even in the head, which is
no wonder when you experience more stress, you’re more
likely to have headaches. Stress can also adversely
impact our stomachs. You might notice indigestion, nausea, or big appetite changes. Just as common, stress can
cause our chest to hurt, and increase our heart rate
even if you’re resting. Since stress hormone is
gearing us up for action to some threat in the environment, you might be feeling these
effects even if you’re lying down and try to relax after a long day. Now let’s look at the ways that stress can impact our cognitions,
or our thinker realm. Oops, thinker realm is like a
really, really technical term. It’s in some medical books,
you might have to dig for it. But yeah, you can start
using it if you want to, yep. One of the most common signs in this realm is increased worrying, anxious thinking, or sped-up thoughts. While we all worry at
times, lord knows I do, when we’re in this mode
of feeling stressed out, we might worry all day long. Have you ever had the experience
where you’re just worrying about stuff from the past and
you can’t change the station? Or you’re worrying about perceived threats that are in the future
that may never even happen? This sped-up anxious mind
can make it difficult to concentrate. You might start a task and
find yourself drifting off in all different directions,
or you might be reading the same paragraph over and over again, and just not retaining the information. It’s no surprise then that
stress can impair our memories. If we’re having trouble
encoding the information on the way in, we can also have trouble retrieving the information that’s there. This can play out in the,
where did I put my keys? What’s that person’s name again? Or I was gonna say
something, or do something, but I just can’t remember what. These are all signs that
stress is starting to impact your cognitive or super-technical term, your thinker realm. Too much stress can also
trigger a number of changes in the emotional realm. But before we move ahead,
let’s reflect a little bit. Why don’t you comment down below? Let me know what your signs of stress are in the physical or cognitive realms. You might be like me,
maybe you notice tightness throughout the body, maybe you worry more, or have difficulty concentrating. Whatever your physical
signs of stress are, let me know down below how they manifest. Emotionally, when you’re
under too much stress, you might notice yourself
becoming more irritable or agitated. Since stress is wearing
down our ability to regulate and cope, you might have a
much shorter fuse than normal, even when dealing with
small stressors or setbacks. Yeah, I’ll take an Impossible Whopper, but with no pickles please. – [Cashier] Impossible, and no pickles. – Yep.
– [Cashier] All right. (paper rustling) – No. Emotionally, you may
also experience depressed or low mood, and this can lead
to hopelessness over time, especially if it’s a chronic stressor that you struggle to overcome
or change in any way. This is typically a great
time to seek your own therapy so the therapist can come
alongside and help you get over that hurdle. Stress can also give us that heavy feeling of being overwhelmed, or the opposite end, give us the sped-up feeling
we alluded to, of anxiety. The important thing to
note is any major shift in your typical emotional experience might be a sign that you’re
experiencing too much stress. The last area you may
notice changes due to stress is in your behaviors. We’ve alluded to some of
those as we’ve gone along, but one of the major ones
being changes to sleep. You might have these
anxious or racing thoughts that keep you up at night, or because you’re feeling
tired all the time, you’re pulled to sleep more. You might also notice appetite
changes due to stress. You may be eating less
because you find yourself so busy and you’re running
around all the time, that you’re skipping meals. Or maybe you have some of
those symptoms of nausea or stomach discomfort that’s
making you eat not as much. But the opposite can be true as well. You might be eating more, you
might be eating mindlessly because you’re not aware
of what you’re doing and you’re drifting off, or you’re eating simply as
a way to cope with stress. Other common behavioral
changes is withdrawing and isolating from others. We are such a social species
but under high stress, we might feel unmotivated
to connect with others. The bad news about this is research shows the more we isolate, it actually increases our stress levels, so we may feel even worse. There can be many other
behavioral changes due to stress, like increased substance
use, more trips to the doctor because our immune system gets compromised when we’re under chronic stress, but one of the most
common things that we see is an increase in nervous habits. Your nervous habits
might come in many forms, but some of the more typical
ones are biting your nails, bouncing your leg while
seated, picking at your skin, or biting your cheek or lips. If you’re noticing an increase
in your nervous habits, it again might be a sign
that you are stressed out. Phew, stress can manifest
in so many different ways, behaviorally, emotionally,
cognitively, even physically, and if you’re starting
to notice that you have many of these stress symptoms
from the different realms, yes, it could mean you are stressed out. However, noticing your stress symptoms, becoming more aware of them,
allows you to be empowered to make the necessary
changes in your life, to reduce stress and find balance. Let me know in those comments down below, how does stress manifest for you? And stay tuned right here
for an excellent video on ways you can start
reducing stress right now. I’ll see you next time. (upbeat music) (chuckles) Get out, guys,
scram, get out of here. Scram, guys, I’m filming something. I’m filming something right now. This is very important.

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