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Surprisingly Common Symptoms of Stress You Must Know

Surprisingly Common Symptoms of Stress You Must Know

Stress is your body's response to any challenge or threat. When you feel a real or imagined danger, your body's defence system is triggered in a rapid and automatic process called "fight or flight" response. The stress response is how your body protects you. When it is working adequately, it can help you maintain your focus, energy and alertness. 

In an emergency, stress can even save your life. For example, it gives you a strength boost to protect yourself or stop suddenly in order to avoid a car accident. The stress response is considered to be a reaction that is helpful in adjusting the human body to new situations. But, apart from all these, when a human body experiences chronic stress for a long period of time, the prolonged stress response can cause damage to it. 

As human behaviour is mostly influenced by its surroundings, environmental stress is an unhealthy interaction between the human and its environment. Notably, environmental stress can be defined as a force that shapes human behaviour and adapts itself to changing environments. The continuation of excess stress on the body leads to physical and emotional damages. And, several emotional, physical, and behavioural symptoms can develop inside the human body. 

Physical symptoms that develop in the body owing to excess stress include:

  • Body ache
  • Fatigue and sleeping troubles (insomnia)
  • Headache and experiencing dizziness
  • Unhealthy stomach and digestive problems
  • Problems in sex drives
  • Weakening of the immune system

Some common symptoms related to emotions and anxiety 

  • Getting easily agitated and frustrated 
  • Mood swings
  • Experiencing an emotional response of being overwhelmed
  • Having difficulty in relaxing and calming down
  • Having low self-esteem and feeling lonely
  • Not wanting to meet people and avoid them

How Stress Affects Human Health?

Minor stress is something our body is accustomed to and can handle now and then. The continuation of chronic and excessive stress can impact the health of the human body. And, the consequences of excessive stress affecting the health are the following:

  • Severe mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and personality problems
  • Various eating disorders and obesity in humans
  • Menstrual problems 
  • Cardiovascular diseases, including high blood pressure, abnormal heart problems, stroke, and heart attack
  • Hair and skin problems, such as acne, permanent hair loss, eczema, balding, and psoriasis
  • Gastrointestinal problems like irritable colon, ulcerative colitis, and gastritis

Further, the impact of excess stress can affect the sexual drive of humans. It includes impotence, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation among men. The loss of sexual desire is also caused by excess stress that can affect people of all genders.


The effects of stress on human health may be permanent and sometimes even dangerous. Relaxation activities such as breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation should be made part of daily life. Maintaining a positive attitude and acknowledging that you cannot control everything in your life is an important aspect of staying well. If you embrace the optimistic moments of the day, then you can relieve some of the stress to a certain extent.

By: 1Tab Desk | on 2021-07-28

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