When stress accumulates, we may experience some stress symptoms. This is our body's way of telling us that it's time to take action to reduce the amount of stress in our life. Knowing and recognising stress signs and symptoms is very important for managing the stress.
When a demand is made on the human body, it prepares itself for action by increasing the production of certain hormones. These hormones cause physical reactions that activate "target organs", that is, those body organs that respond to the stimulation.
The physical reactions have the purpose to prepare the body for 'flight or fight'.
This will help a person to function more effectively when under pressure for a short time. But a long-term or over-stimulation, or in other words, an excessive activation of the target organ, may signify an overload and can be damaging to the body.
Some of physical symptoms are as follows:
Cognitive symptoms are also called mental systems. Some of these symptoms are as follows:
Stressors also tend to cause emotional responses. These emotions might include:
People who are under stress display some behavioural patterns that can be recognized easily. Some of these patterns are as follows:
Note: This article was first published on empowerment-gateway.com on 11 May 2015
Written by Laurinda Seabra