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Main symptoms of stress (physical and psychological)

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Main symptoms of stress (physical and psychological)
Main symptoms of stress (physical and psychological)

Hair loss, impatience, dizziness and frequent headache are symptoms that can indicate stress. Stress is linked to increased levels of cortisol in the bloodstream and this increase in addition to affecting the mind can lead to physical illnesses such as allergies and muscle tension, for example.

These symptoms can manifest in individuals of all ages and, although they are more common in adults, they can also manifest in children and adolescents when they are subjected to problems such as bullying at school, separation from parents or serious illness in the family.


Main symptoms of stress

Symptoms of stress can be manifested in two ways, through psychological signs or through physical signs, the main symptoms being:

Psychological symptoms

Stress usually leads to the appearance of very noticeable psychological symptoms, such as:

  • Anxiety, anguish, nervousness or excessive worry;
  • Irritation and impatience;
  • Dizziness;
  • Concentration and memory problems;
  • Feeling of loss of control;
  • Difficulty sleeping;
  • Difficulty making decisions.

Furthermore, a person who is stressed usually cannot organize and focus on activities, which can make him/her increasingly stressed.

Physical symptoms

Stress can also manifest itself through physical symptoms, such as excessive hair loss, headache or migraine, muscle tension, allergies, ease of getting sick and gastrointestinal and heart changes, such as increased heart rate, for example.

Also, cold, sweaty hands and skin problems such as acne, for example, can be indicative of stress.

If these symptoms are observed, it is important to identify the causes of stress so that they can be resolved, but sometimes it may be necessary to look for a general practitioner or a psychologist, so that he can indicate the appropriate treatment.

How to manage stress and anxiety

Controlling stress and anxiety can be done through the consumption of calming teas, such as chamomile, linden and valerian, for example. Discover other homemade options to treat stress.

Also, another great tip to control stress and anxiety is to avoid using social media in excess, as in some situations they can end up causing sadness, loneliness and a feeling of dissatisfaction with life. See all the he alth problems that social media can cause.

Knowing how to avoid stress and learning to live with this problem is one of the most important things for a good recovery and often the best option is to look for a psychologist, so that he can teach you some techniques that help to deal with the problems and overcome stress.

Food during these periods of stress and anxiety is also very important, so see how it can help:

A good outlet can be the regular practice of physical exercises, such as running, martial arts or dancing, because this distracts the mind and releases endorphins into the bloodstream, promoting well-being. Learn about other strategies in: How to fight stress.

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