Stress can cause physical changes in our bodies which are designed to help us take on challenges or threats.
You may find that your heart rate increases, your breathing shortens, your muscles tense and you start to sweat.
This is the ‘fight or flight’ response.
Once the threat or challenge ends, these physical effects usually fade. However, if you are frequently stressed, your body can stay in a state of high alert and you may develop some of the stress related symptoms listed below.
Nausea, dizziness and vertigo
Generalised aches and pains
Inability to relax
Difficulty in concentrating
A negative outlook on life
Sleeping too much or too little
Isolating from others
Using alcohol or substances to numb difficult feelings