What Are The Symptoms Of Stress?

With increasingly busy lives and the modern demands of multi-tasking, stress and burnout can creep up on us without us even realising it.

Stress, by itself, is a natural mechanism in response to real or perceived threats and our bodies are designed to handle small doses of it. Often when we realise that we are approaching burn-out, we have already had months of stress, anxiety and poor sleep. It is important to be able to recognise warning signs and have a plan to alleviate stress before having a melt-down.

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Stress can be identified through emotional, physical, cognitive and behavioural symptoms.

Ask yourself the following:

  • Do you find yourself feeling easily frustrated and agitated?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed and out of control?
  • Do you find yourself avoiding others?
  • Do you have difficulting relaxing and calming your mind?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above – you may be showing emotional symptoms of stress.

Similarly, frequent insomnia, clenched jaw, headaches, tense muscles, upset stomach, constipation, nausea, and frequent colds are physical symptoms of feeling stressed. These are common physiological reactions to stress.

Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

  • Constant worrying
  • Inability to focus on tasks and general forgetfulness
  • Consistently seeing only the negative side of things
  • Racing thoughts

Stress can augment your everyday behaviour. These can include:

  • Not eating or eating too much
  • Increasing consumption of alcohol, smoking, or drugs
  • Fidgeting, nail biting, skin-scratching, and other nervous behaviours.

While any of these individual symptoms are normal responses to stress, long-term and persistent changes to one’s behaviours, actions and thought-patterns may lead to poor mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

Counselling can assist with strategies for managing stress.

How Counselling Can Help You With Your Stress

New Vision Psychology counsellors have extensive experience working in counselling, using a wide range of evidence-based frameworks and therapeutic methods.

Dealing with stress falls under our individual counselling services as well as Employee Assistance Program service for businesses.

A key principle of our therapy is to work collaboratively with clients to meet their individual needs. This is by working with the therapeutic method that best works for the individual client.

Some of these methods include, but are not restricted to:

  • Client centred approach
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Psycho-education
  • Relaxation strategies
  • Interpersonal Therapies
  • Solutions-Focused Therapies
  • Psycho-dynamic approaches