Symptoms of Stress

Symptoms of stress

Symptoms of stress can be divided into physical, mental, emotional and behavioral.

Physical Symptoms of Stress

Physical symptoms of stress include: 

1. Muscle aches



2. Tense muscles e.g. in forehead, jaw, neck, back


3. Tics, tremors, trembling hands


4. headaches, migraines

5. Chest pains, palpitations

6. Shortness of breath



7. Grinding of teeth

8. Constipation, diarrhea

9. Appetite increase or decrease (For my sighing cometh before I eat. Job 3:24)

10. Weight increase or decrease (My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh. Job 19:20)

11. Sleeping difficulties like inability to fall asleep or waking up tired (When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day. Job 7:4)

12. physical exhaustion (My hand lacks energy because of my groaning. Job 23:2)

13. decreased libido or sex drive

14. immune system suppression




Mental Symptoms of Stress 

Mental symptoms of stress include:

1. Poor concentration

2. Difficulties making simple decisions

3. Forgetfulness



4. Procrastination

5. Mental exhaustion



Emotional Symptoms of Stress: 

Emotional symptoms of stress include:


1. Feeling moody

2. Feeling tearful and crying (I am tired of my crying; all night I drench my bed with tears. (Psalm 6:6))

3. Feeling angry

4. Feeling anxious

5. Feeling depressed

6. Feeling that you cannot cope




Behavioral Symptoms of Stress

Behavioral symptoms of stress include:

1. Being irritable

2. Being impatient

3. Being very aggressive

4. Having frequent angry outbursts

5. Neglecting personal hygiene

6. Neglecting personal appearance

7. Withdrawing socially



Stress Related Illnesses

In addition to developing physical, mental, emotional and behavioral symptoms, persons who are going through stress can also develop stress-related illnesses especially if they are dealing with chronic stress.

These stress related illnesses include:

1. Hypertension or high blood pressure

2. Diabetes

3. Coronary heart disease

4. Irritable bowel syndrome

5. Peptic ulcer disease

6. Migraines

7. Tension headaches

8. Neck pains

9. Back pains

10. Panic attacks

11. Anxiety

12. Depression

13. Chronic fatigue syndrome


14. Menstrual irregularities

15. Acne


16. Alopecia areata

17. Atopic dermatitis or eczema 

18. Lichen planus

19. Rosacea

20. Seborrheic dermatitis

21. Psoriasis

22. Urticaria

23. Premature aging of the skin  

24. Other skin diseases like neurodermatitis  (My skin is broken, and become loathsome. Job 7:5)

It is therefore imperative for one to learn how to manage stress effectively to avoid developing these symptoms of stress and stress related illnesses. 


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