The Symptoms Of Stress In Men And Women: Things You Should Look Out For

The Symptoms Of Stress In Men And Women: Things You Should Look Out For

Stress is something which affects everyone. It is very natural, and can even be beneficial to us in some ways. However, there are the kinds of stress which isn’t beneficial to us, and can also affect our health if left untreated for too long.

I am now going to repeat myself from a post I made a while back for the best stress relievers for women; women are far more prone to becoming overwhelmed with stress than men. A lot of reasons for this come into consideration, but the most sound fact is that women are more likely to be in charge of caring for their children and the house while their other half is out working.

But, this post isn’t about how anybody can relieve their newly-given stress; rather, it is about the signs that you will show if you are unfortunate enough to get stressed out by something. This will be helpful for your friends, family or even your GP to conclude whether you are under stress or not and if you will need special supplements or treatment to combat it.

Apart from your friends and family, it will also allow you yourself to find out if you are under any serious stress which will need tending to if you have any hope of properly soothing it.

Let’s get started! 🙂

 

Mood

 

This one is very straightforward and perhaps one of the more tell-tale signs of stress; your mood changes drastically if you are under stress. You may feel agitated, angry, or even depressed when stress has its uncomfortable control on you.

You may unfortunately lash out in anger at somebody you don’t usually do that to, like a friend, a family member, or heavens above your own boss!

There is a possibility you will also feel overwhelmed with everything life throws at you, like the washing up or the vacuuming at home or the assignments tasked to you by your strict boss. (Still, you really shouldn’t take your stress out on them; you do need your job after all…)

If you have keen-eyed friends or family members, they will quickly realise that there is something not quite right with you if you start getting grouchy or moody due to your stress, and will quickly tell you that you will need to either see somebody, or try to soothe off the stress spell you’ve been unfortunately cursed with.

 

Unable To Relax

 

As well as feeling restless and agitated when stress takes a hold of you, you will unfortunately be restless too as a result. You will find yourself being unable to sit still for long, and before you know it you’re up and about, pacing around the room wondering how you are going to tackle the problems you are facing.

The stuff you used to love doing, like hobbies and spending time with family and friends, will be much harder to do; you may even lose all motivation to do those things.

Furthermore, it will be more difficult than usual to take a breather and “quiet your mind” as the stress will no doubt cause your brain to overflow with irrelevant questions and worries; these of course depend on what situation is causing your stress in the first place.

Feeling restless and not finding the enjoyment of reading that lengthy book you were in the middle of, or not visiting your friends or family which you loved to do before, are sure signs that perhaps you need to take it easy with your job or the house chores for examples.

 

Low Self-Esteem

 

This one hits a little too close to home as it is the symptom which connects with me the most when I am stressed.

Low self-esteem fills in a huge part of depression, so it is no surprise why people under stress will feel this way. As stress also has the unlucky habit of filling your mind up with uncontrollable thoughts, you will think of yourself as a failure.

If the stress manifested because you find a particular task difficult or you are overwhelmed with all sorts of chores, there could be the chance of you finding yourself to be useless or incompetent for not being able to handle them.

Hence, you will start to judge yourself and feel bad for yourself; it may even get to the point of you committing self-harm in the worst scenario.

If the ongoing stress is giving you depression, and making you self-lothe yourself, then it may be time to see a specialist about it in case it becomes a more serious ordeal like self-harming yourself.

 

Body Aches

 

Stress causes the muscles in your body to tense up, which results in aches manifesting in random areas of your body. The locations of the tense muscles vary depending on each individual, however stress aches are a very common symptom of stress.

You may recollect every time you feel tense or anxious, your shoulders or back may start to ache a little. Again, this entirely depends on the person; some may have aches on their shoulders, while others may have aches in their legs or perhaps if lucky enough, receive no aches at all.

These aches may last from a few seconds, to a few minutes, to hours, to even a few days. Once more, the duration does vary from person to person, so don’t take my simple words for your experience.

A warm bath with those special “muscle relaxing” bubble bath gels found in your local store, or a soothing massage either from a family member or even yourself if you know how, will immensely help with any aches caused by your tense muscles from the stress.

 

Insomnia

 

Everyone has had those kinds of nights where it seems literally impossible to fall asleep, and unfortunately for people who are trying to recover from stress, this is a symptom which affects pretty much anybody.

Insomnia is where no matter what time you clamber into your comfy bed, you just can’t seem to drift off to sleep; when you do manage to fall asleep, it won’t be long before you’re wide awake a few hours later and the cycle begins once more.

Furthermore, there is an unfortunate chance that when you finally get a lengthy amount of sleep, you will still wake up feeling sluggish and tired; this is what makes insomnia such a pain in the rear-end.

It’s no wonder why stress contains insomnia as a symptom; with your mind rushing with distressing thoughts and all sorts of hormones being injected into your blood stream because of the traumatizing ordeal you may have had beforehand, such as hearing about the death of a loved one, or being sacked from your job by your boss, your brain will not have a chance to quieten down and allow you the sleep you so desperately need.
If you are struggling to get to sleep, or wake up feeling as drowsy as you did last night, try to read a book or have a hot bath before you go to bed the following night. Sleeping tablets can be prescribed to you from your local pharmacy if the insomnia gets any worse; it is important that you do something about your insomnia as sleep is very important for your mind and body.

 

Excessive Sweating

 

We all sweat as a way to cool off, either from the heat of the sun on a hot summer’s day, or to drain away the hard work our body is giving while we exercise; sweat, although very gross and sticky, is one of our body’s greatest marvels of engineering.

When we’re stressed, however, we can sweat quite a lot, and depending on the person who is stressed, this amount of sweat can range. Stress causes our hearts to pump faster and our bodies to produce a lot of hormones and adrenaline to flood our system, ultimately in result causing more moisture to leak from our sweat glands.

Although it basically impossible to stop “nervous sweating” as it is quite natural, you can still find ways to combat it and save yourself from the embarrassing moment of people keeping away from you because the sweat makes you a bit smelly.

Switching to fabrics that absorb sweat such as cotton or linen can be a good solution to making your excessive sweat unnoticeable by others. The absorbent fabrics will soak in the sweat, preventing you from practically dripping in sweat during the day.

Another fix to your sweating problem can be to avoid eating spicy food like onions or garlic; these foods make your sweat stink, so try to eat some bland food while out at work to reduce the amount of unfortunate sweat you produce while working.

 

Conclusion

 

In the end, there are many symptoms somebody will show if they are under either mild or severe stress. These symptoms may help to serve the suffering understand that what they have is stress, and depending on how severe it is, help them decide if it is something that they need to do something about if they want to stay healthy in body and soul.

The signs will also help any friends or family members to work out if the person is suffering from stress so that they can advise them to see somebody about it if it looks severe enough.

I hope this list has given you an understanding of the kinds of symptoms a person will show if they are under stress, and if they help differentiate between mild, natural stress to severe, unhealthy stress.

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