Different things in life can cause you to feel stressed. Feeling stressed is a natural response to help you take on threats and difficult situations. This is also known as the fight or flight response.

It has emotional, physical and psychological symptoms

  • such as feeling overwhelmed

  • Feeling anxious or fearful,

  • lacking in self-esteem

  • Being irritable or wound up

You may also experience

  • racing thoughts,

  • constant worrying, and

  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions.

Some people also get physical symptoms such as

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Sleep problems

  • Changes in eating habits; eating too much or too little

  • Muscle tension or pain

  • And/or feeling tired all the time

This can cause people to drink or smoke more, and avoid things or people that you are having problems with, you may also find yourself snapping at people more easily. Usually, once the threat or difficult situation passes, these effects usually fade. However, if you are constantly stressed you can develop and maintain these constant stress-related symptoms. It is not always possible to change stressful situations. Therefore, it is important to speak to a therapist and learn techniques for how to manage your stress and the situation, and perhaps discover that you have more control than you think.