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Stress Management

About Stress

Types of Stress

Managing Stress


Things themselves don't hurt or hinder us. Nor do other people. How we view these things is another matter, It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.

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Types of Symptoms of Stress
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Interpersonal
Stress Symptoms


On those occasions when we don't manage our stress well, our bodies experience the fight or flight response over and over, and we begin to experience a variety of symptoms. Look at the following list, and check those that pertain to you.

Physical Symptoms
  • Headaches

  • Sleep disorders (insomnia, over-sleeping, early morning awakening, restlessness at night, nightmares)

  • Back pain (especially lower back pain and neck pain)

  • Clenching the jaws or grinding the teeth (TMJ Syndrome)

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea and colitis (irritable bowel syndrome)

  • Skin rashes

  • Muscle aching (especially in the neck, shoulders, at the back of the head)

  • Indigestion or ulcers

  • Hypertension

  • Excessive perspiration

  • Appetite change (either increase or decrease)

  • Fatigue or loss of energy (feeling lethargic)

  • Increase in accidents

  • Increase in outbreak of herpes

  • Feeling of breathlessness or hyperventilating

Emotional Symptoms
  • Anxiety or chronic worrying

  • Depression or crying easily

  • Mood swings (from feeling very high to very low)

  • Irritability

  • Nervousness

  • Easily angered

  • Experiencing a feeling of low self-esteem or feelings of insecurity

  • Preoccupation with health (worrying that one has a major disease)

  • Angry outbursts

  • Feelings of aggression or hostility

  • Feeling emotionally drained or burned out

  • Panicky feelings

Intellectual Symptoms
  • Difficulty concentrating and focusing

  • Difficulty making decisions

  • Forgetfulness

  • Feeling of confusion

  • Poor memory and recall

  • Excessive daydreaming

  • Preoccupation with a single thought or idea

  • Loss of sense of humor

  • Decreased productivity

  • Lowered quality of work

  • Increased number of errors

Interpersonal Symptoms
  • Fairly consistently blaming others for your problems

  • Finding it difficult to trust other people

  • Finding yourself always late for appointments or actually missing them

  • Finding fault in everything around you or verbally attacking others

  • Feeling guilty a good bit of the time

  • Having an overly defensive attitude

  • Being passive-aggressive and not speaking to or talking with other people

  • Trying to get all your needs met through another person

  • Trying to please everyone all the time (trying to keep everybody happy)


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