An important aspect of effective stress management is the ability to identify one's own reactions to stress. How one person reacts to stress in may be totally different from someone else. Listed below are common symptoms of stress.

Physical Behavioral Emotional
Tight muscles Impatient with delays or interruptions Nervousness
Aching muscles Irritated at having to wait Angry
Back pain Detest wasting time Confused
Headaches Unlikely to ask fro help Fearful
Nausea Overly critical of others Frustrated
Frequent urination Impatient when others act slowly Worrying
Diarrhea or constipation Unable to stay still Easily excited
Overeating or loss of appetite Accident Prone Cry easily
High blood pressure Take on too many responsibilities Trouble concentrating
Gain or loss of weight Walk fast Memory loss
Frequent colds of flu Feel victimized Repetitive thoughts
Allergies Constantly putting things off Easily irritated
Breathing problems Pace the floor Anxiety
Skin rashes Chronically late Panicky
Heart palpitations Drinking and/or drug use Disoriented
Tics or twitches Smoking Indecisive
Swollen joints Nail-biting Feeling of losing control
Dizziness Over-sensitivity Resentful
Menstrual problems Loss of pleasure Moody
Sleeping problems Loss of sexual interest Frantic
Nightmares Withdraw from other people Overwhelmed
Stress-related illness Self-critical Restless

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