How can stress affect you?

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Depending on the individual, stress can manifest itself in many different ways. Below are some of the signs and symptoms individuals who are under stress sometimes display.




Palpitations, awareness of heart beating, chest pains Mood swings Susceptibility to accidents
Diarrhea, constipation, flatulence Panic attacks Changes in eating habits
Indigestion Morbid thoughts Increased smoking
Loss of libido Low self-esteem Restlessness, hyperactivity, foot tapping
Muscle tension Irritability Over-dependence on drugs and/or alcohol
Menstrual problems Feeling of helplessness Changes in sleep patterns
Tiredness Impatience Out of character behaviour
Breathlessness Anxiety Voluntary withdrawal from supportive relationships
Sweating Crying Disregard for personal appearance
Tightness in the chest Cynicism Loss of confidence
Skin and scalp irritation, eczema and psoriasis Withdrawal into daydreams Sullen attitude
Increased susceptibility to allergies Intrusive thoughts or images Clenched fists
Frequent colds, flu or other infections Nightmares Obsessive mannerisms
Rapid weight gain or loss Suicidal feelings Increased absence from work
Backache, neck pain Paranoid thinking Aggressiveness
Migraines and tension headaches Guilt Poor time management


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About Carole Spiers

Carole Spiers is an international broadcaster and workplace stress guru. She is the founder of the Carole Spiers Group, an international stress management and employee wellbeing consultancy. Carole has appeared as an expert witness before the UK courts, and was chair of the International Stress Management Association. She is the author of the industry's bible, 'Managing Stress in the Workplace'.

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