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Stress evaluation

How many times we use the word “stress” and how many times we hear about “stress”? But do you know what exactly means stress and how stress evaluation should be done?

Signs of stress could vary enormously among different women. There are few groups of stress signs – cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral. You can discover all signs of stress if carefully evaluate your feelings, thoughts, body reactions and behavior changes. But not all discovered signs would mean “signs of stress” – some symptoms could be a result of other medical and/or psychological conditions.

Body reactions to stress also could be different – the experience of stress is highly individualized. Some factors which trigger overwhelming stress for one woman may not be perceived as stress by another woman. At the same time signs of stress could be absolutely different in different women – some could start smoking because of family conflicts and others could think about suicide for same family conflicts.

Once you face the stress, the signs of stress build up gradually before you start to notice them. It is important to learn how stress affects your body because it will help you to choose how to cope with stressful situations and figure out what coping techniques work best for you in stressful situations. Good knowledge of stress signs could also enable you to avoid resorting to unhealthy habits, such as smoking, drinking, comfort-eating and/or using drugs.

Stress can affect how you feel, how you think, how you behave and how your body works and it is very useful to evaluate your feelings, thoughts, body reactions and behavior changes.

Stress evaluation – What to be evaluated in your feelings:

  • Mood swings (moodiness, sadness, apathy);
  • Irritability and intolerance of minor disturbing factors;
  • Impatience and easy anger;
  • Depression (low in self-esteem, low in mood, unhappiness);
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation;
  • Anxiety or panic attacks;
  • Permanent feeling of being pressured hassled and hurried;
  • Inability to rest and relax;
  • Feeling jumpy or exhausted all the time
  • Mental fatigue;
  • Worry constantly;
  • Low self-esteem;
  • Feeling overwhelmed.

Stress evaluation – What to be evaluated in your thoughts:

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  • Imagining the worst and seeing only the negative;
  • Poor judgment;
  • Anxious or having racing thoughts;
  • Permanently thinking about things – go over and over things;
  • Losing temper or short temper;
  • Loosing interests and/or lack of interest.

Stress evaluation – What to be evaluated in your body reactions:

  • Rapid breathing or breathlessness;
  • Diarrhea or constipation;
  • Stomach problems (upset stomach, stomach pain, digestive problems);
  • Heart beating rapidly or chest pain or racing heart;
  • Allergic reactions (eczema, psoriasis or asthma);
  • Increased in blood pressure;
  • Sleep problems (sleeplessness or too much sleep);
  • Increased sweating and sweaty palms;
  • Cold hands and feet, Oily skin;
  • Muscle tension and pain;
  • Headaches;
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain;
  • Bowel or bladder problems;
  • Loss of sex drive and/or sexual problems;
  • Dry mouth and Grinding teeth;
  • Unexpected skin itching;
  • Nausea and dizziness;
  • Frequent colds and Jaw clenching.

Stress evaluation – What to be evaluated in your behavior:

  • Excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs;
  • Start smoking or too much smoking;
  • Sleeping too much or too little;
  • Changed eating habits (eating too much, refusing food, binge eating);
  • Food addiction (fatty, sugary snacks);
  • Reckless risky driving;
  • Isolating yourself from friends, family member and colleagues;
  • Avoiding social contact;
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, blinking, pacing, finger trembling, etc.);
  • Easily crying and/or overreacting;
  • Losing your temper easily;
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities;
  • Outbursts of anger;
  • Ignoring daily hygiene, poor hygiene;
  • Loosing interests (poor performance in the office, ignoring favorite hobbies);
  • Talking too much or talking very fast;
  • Becoming unreasonable, clumsy and forgetful.

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