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Coping with Stress at Work

Signs of Stress

Stress can present itself in many ways.

The Physical signs of stress may include:

  • Signs of StressMuscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Restless sleeps
  • Stomach and digestive problems

These symptoms are brought on by the release of adrenaline and cortisol, the hormones that ready our bodies for a "flight or fight" response.

Here are some other signs of stress:

Mental signs of stress:

  • Poor concentration
  • Racing thoughts
  • Low productivity
  • Forgetfulness

Emotional signs of stress:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings

Spiritual signs of stress:

  • Cynicism
  • Lack of fulfilment

Social signs of stress:

  • Intolerance for others
  • Lashing out

We've all experienced some of these signs in our lives brought on by varying degrees of stress. But if you have been experiencing these signs over a prolonged time, it may be an indicator that you have an unhealthy level of stress and you should take steps to eliminate the stressors.

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Coping with Stress at Work

Revised: February 09, 2010

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