What are the symptoms of stress and anxiety?

Stress affects people in different ways and you may have some of the following symptoms:

  • constantly worrying and thinking negatively (like a broken tape playing in your mind)
  • anxious feelings especially in stomach
  • low self-esteem
  • Feeling irritable/mood swings
  • unwillingness to socialise/low mood
  • drinking or smoking more than usual
  • inability to switch off
  • insomnia – unable to sleep/wake up early
  • a change in eating habits eg binge eating
  • unwillingness to socialise/low mood
  • low sexual libido
  • forgetfulness
  • difficulties concentrating on normal tasks
  • muscle tension and aches/pains throughout the body
  • headaches and migraines
  • bowel or bladder problems (irritable bowel)
  • feeling breathless

The main thing to remember if you are struggling with any of the above issues, that you are not alone and there is no need to suffer – help and support toward positive change is at hand.

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