There are signs of stress you may not have thought of before. Stress doesn’t just come from some horrible traumatic event.

Unfortunately, there are many things which can cause stress, some imagined and some real. There are common stressors and even situations that call for the fight or flight action, which is considered fairly normal. Signs of stress will be present in many situations, but there are uncommon stressors which might not be understood at first.

When stress is present

Stress affects the entire body and the mind. It has a wide range of symptoms, so it’s pretty hard to hide. Also, the harder you try to hide it, the more damage it does to your body as well.

For those who are unsure about the indicators, you should know the signs of stress in order to help others. You can even try to help others avoid things that trigger stress. Here are signs of stress to look out for.

Emotional signs

Stress starts in the emotions, or at least this is where it starts to do damage, that is. Here is where you may first start to notice signs that something is wrong.

1. Moodiness

The first thing that’s noticed in someone who is under a large amount of stress is moodiness. Whether it’s anger or just irritation, it will show in the expression and the words that they use. Stress causes us to lash out at others and feel emotions more deeply than usual.

2. Anxiety or depression

A serious sign of stress is problems with anxious or depressing feelings. This usually happens when there’s a loss of control in certain situations. Either your feelings grow unbearable or you sink into a pit of despair and do nothing. Both signs are unhealthy and noticeable.

Behavior signs

With most people, behavioral problems begin to surface after emotional turmoil has begun. You will notice certain character changes during this time.

3. Withdrawal

Those who suffer from too much stress will start to withdraw from others. They will try to isolate themselves in order to process the negative things that are going on. Control has been lost, but they still have their self-control, so they choose to be alone.

4. Sleeping problems

Sometimes it’s insomnia and sometimes signs of stress come in the form of sleeping too much. Stress pushes us into a corner building negative emotions and prompting panic.

Sometimes it’s easier to sleep and “shut down” for a while. If you notice a loved one sleeping all the time, stress could be the culprit.

Insomnia is a little different. In this case, some people lie awake in bed trying to solve the problem that’s causing their stress. Pay close attention to these two signs.

5. Changes in eating patterns

During times of stress, people will lose their appetite or they will eat too much. If your loved one is eating too much, they may be trying to solve a problem by filing a void. If they refuse to eat regularly, the stress may have started to physically take away the appetite.

6. Substance abuse

Stress makes some people turn to alcohol or drugs. These things are usually used to numb the pain of something bad that has happened. Unfortunately, these things make situations worse and affect others.

7. Habits

Stress also causes nail biting. This is an easy way to identify if someone is dealing with too much in life. Things such as nail biting or tapping fingers seem to divert attention away from the problem by staying busy with habits.

Mental signs

Just like behavior, stress can cause complete changes in the mindset. Before, you may have been able to trust, but as stress started to work on your thinking, you started to see things in a different way. Unfortunately, some of these trust issues are skewed and illogical.

8. Negativity

If you or someone you love has ever endured severe stress, you will notice that things in life always take on a negative aspect. Instead of seeing the good in people, you always see the bad. In almost every situation, you look for what could go wrong. Too much stress changes thinking this way.

9. Worry

One sign that someone is under a lot of stress is if they worry all the time. No matter how good things seem to be, they will find something to worry about. You name it, and they will find a way to stress about it.

10. Memory

Stress victims will eventually experience a certain loss of memory. Over time, it will be harder to recall things that happened and important dates. It’s the first real sign that long-term damage has been done.

Physical signs

The worst signs come as physical ailments. When its reached this point, your body has grown weary of all the internal stresses to its organs. These organs become damaged and chemicals change.

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