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Physical and Mental Indicators of Stress

The different physical manifestations that may arise from stress include the following:

  • You are hot and sweaty in your body
  • You are aware of your heart beating and palpitations and you get butterflies in your stomach
  • You feel breathless, with a lump in the throat and have rapid shallow breathing
  • Your mouth feels dry
  • Diarrhoea, constipation, or flatulence are part of your every-day life and you suffer from indigestion or nausea
  • You suffer general muscle tenseness, particularly of the jaws and you grind your teeth
  • Often you have your fists clenched; you hunch your shoulders and suffer general aches and pains in your muscles. You may also suffer night cramps
  • You are very restless, you are hyperactive and cannot sit still; you bite your nails and you find yourself finger drumming, or foot tapping and your hands shake
  • You often feel tired, fatigued, lethargic, totally exhausted
  • You may feel faint and suffer frequent headaches, or frequent illnesses such as colds and upset stomach
  • You may be sweaty, especially on the palms and upper lip, with a flushed feeling all over
  • You may have cold hands and feet
  • There may be a desire to urinate
  • It is quite possible that you overeat, or suffer from loss of appetite
  • There is an increase in your cigarette smoking, or in your alcohol consumption
  • There is a loss of interest in sex
  • There is an urgency in everything you do

The different mental manifestations include the following:

  • You feel hot and distressed, and are often worried and upset; you may be tearful, often deflated, with a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness, or hysterical
  • You may be withdrawn, feeling unable to cope, anxious, depressed.
  • You feel very impatient and you are easily irritated and aggravated. You are often angry, hostile and aggressive
  • You may feel frustrated, bored, inadequate, guilty, rejected, neglected, insecure and very, very vulnerable
  • There is a loss of interest in self-appearance, in your own health, in the right diet, you have low self-esteem and no interest in other people
  • You feel you are doing too many things at once. You are rushed and you jump from one task to another, often failing to finish any task before moving on to the next. Because you feel you have so much to do you end up not knowing where to start, so you do nothing
  • You have difficulty in thinking clearly or concentrating and making decisions
  • You are often forgetful. There is a lack of creativity and you feel irrational. In general you feel you are non-productive and inefficient
  • You are prone to making silly mistakes and having accidents; you spill or drop things
  • You are hypercritical, often inflexible and unreasonable; you overreact to most situations

Stress & Reflexology