Our List of the Top 20 Stress and Anxiety Symptoms May Force You to Reevaluate What’s Ailing You!
We’re all too familiar with feeling stress or anxiety in today’s fast-paced world. It’s become common in our speech to say things like, “I’m really stressed out about…”, or “My anxiety is through the roof”. Often, we use stress and anxiety interchangeably when they are completely different things.
Stress usually pertains to external factors like bills, traffic, in-laws, deadlines at work, coworkers, etc.. Anxiety refers to fears we imagine may happen. Anxiety and stress are born in the mind. Both can produce physical reactions and be related to each other so it is easy to see how we get them confused.
What’s interesting, and the reason this post is about the top 20 symptoms of stress and anxiety, is that many people come up with other reasons for what’s ailing them. They don’t consider that stress or anxiety may be the cause of real physical maladies.
As I keep saying, your mind is extremely powerful. As you’ll see by the following list of symptoms, you can literally think yourself sick.
- Excess worry, guilt, nervousness-You may be having an anxiety attack.
- Increased anger, frustration, hostility-Don’t let stress ruin your relationships.
- Diminished sexual desire or performance-Your partner may notice you’re stressed before you do.
- Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms-Listen to your body. Working out isn’t the only thing that causes these symptoms.
- Light headed, faintness, dizziness-Dehydrated? High blood-pressure? Stress and Anxiety could also be to blame.
- Frequent blushing, sweating-You don’t need a scorching metabolism or be menopausal to exhibit these symptoms.
- Cold or sweaty hands, feet–Think of going to that big interview or public speaking.
- Dry mouth, problems swallowing-Again, you may think dehydration when you’re really stressed or anxious.
- Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams-Not only caused by scary movies. Stress may be ruining your sleep.
- Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts-Don’t assume ADD/ADHD.
- Trouble learning new information-Same as # 10
- Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion-Before you assume a medical condition is to blame, try letting go of stress in your life to see if things improve.
- Difficulty in making decisions-Some people struggle with this naturally. If that’s not you, could be stress related.
- Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed-If simple things start feeling like adding a boulder to the weight you already carry, stress is to blame.
- Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts-If you suffer from these symptoms please contact a local mental health professional now.
- Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness-Does stress or anxiety have you pushing people away?
- Increased frustration, irritability, edginess-Do you often wonder why you’re being short-tempered?
- Overreaction to petty annoyances-Do you overreact to the slightest inconvenience?
- Excessive defensiveness or being suspicious-Suffering from stress or anxiety can change your behavior in negative ways.
- Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue-You might be quick to blame working too much or the kids waking you in the middle of the night but the truth may be stress related.
Remember, this is only a list of 20 common symptoms. There are others. If you find that you’re suffering from any of the symptoms, take action to rid your life of unnecessary stressors. Develop healthier habits that will allow you to better handle stress. Learn mindfulness to combat stress and anxiety. Keep in mind that chronic stress and anxiety can lead to health problems.
If you feel that you require help learning how to manage stress or anxiety, contact your local mental health professional or agency to schedule an appointment.
To your continued growth,