Warning Signs of Stress Overload

Your professor has just told you you’re not graduating this semester because of some concerns with your thesis. Then your father calls and tells you he has booked a flight to attend your graduation. An hour later, you receive an email from the hiring manager of your dream company. He says the company is interested in hiring you, provided that you show proof of graduation.    

The day continues and you start to feel heaviness in your head and tension in your neck. You become overly irritated, start snapping out at everyone, and devour a gallon of ice cream. These are all warning signs of stress. It’s your body calling for help.

Dealing with stress

The first step in dealing with stress is recognizing that you are actually suffering from it. Unfortunately, this isn’t always as easy as it seems. In spite of the fact that people around you notice that something is really wrong, you’re often the last one to realize and admit you’re indeed stressed.

Failure to deal with continued stress can lead to heightened feelings of insecurity and anxiety and can result in other conditions like hypertension, depression, weakened immune system, or peptic ulcers.

If there’s a chance you might be suffering from stress but are yet to acknowledge it, use the following checklist to spot the psychological and physiological signs of stress:

Psychological signs

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Guilt
  • Paranoid thinking
  • Mood swings
  • Tense
  • Worrying
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Cynical
  • Anger
  • Lack of focus  
  • Fear
  • Feeling of helplessness
  • Feeling hurt      
  • Jealousy
  • Nightmares
  • Withdrawal
  • Ashamed
  • Exhaustion

Physiological signs

  • Back ache
  • Muscle twitching
  • Breathlessness
  • Painful, tight chest
  • Fainting
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Migraines
  • Allergies
  • Sudden allergies
  • Change in menstrual cycle
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Indigestion
  • Rashes and skin irritations
  • Frequent colds or flu
  • Neck ache