I hope that the last post on stress was helpful in getting people to begin to understand their own levels of stress and their reasons for stress. Insha'Allah in this post we will focus on the Symptoms of Stress.
When a person experiences too much stress over a long period of time, it starts to affect the person’s mental and physical health. It is therefore important to learn how to deal with stress before it affects your health.
Symptoms of stress- are the outcome of a person’s failure to adapt either physically or mentally to a stressor that has become too big for the human coping mechanism.
The Symptoms of Stress can be divided into three stages, going from mild to more severe:
First stage symptoms
Constant irritability with people
Difficulty making decisions
Loss of sense of humour
Lack of interest in pursuing previously pleasurable activities
Feeling tired even after an early night and finding it increasingly difficult to get up in the morning
Second stage symptoms
Lack of appetite
Craving food when under pressure
Chronic insomnia or waking very early in the morning (e.g. 1:00 am) and being unable to resume sleep for several hours
Nervous twitches, nail-biting or other repetitive, unconscious actions
Headaches and migraines
Eczema and asthma
Tendency to sweat for no apparent reason
Third stage symptoms
Change in appetite and weight
Change in sleep patterns
Restlessness or inactivity
Fatigue and loss of energy
Ongoing feeling of guilt or worthlessness
Depressed mood or feeling down
- Which of these symptoms have you experienced in your life?
- Think of a stressful situation when you showed some of the symptoms listed above.
If you manage stress effectively then you should not even develop symptoms in stage 2 and 3.
If your stress levels have reached stage 3 then it is becoming very dangerous and you will need some sort of intervention before it becomes extremely serious.
Insha'Allah in the next post we will look at effects of stress on the body and then we will move on to management of stress.
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