There are many signs of stress that you must be able to recognise:

Emotional signs of stress include chronic irritability or resentment, feeling down in the dumps, continual boredom, excessive nervousness/anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, and having nightmares.

Thought-related signs of stress include worrying every day, distractibility, expecting the worst to happen much of the time, and difficulty making everyday decisions.

Physical signs of stress include clammy hands or sweating, constipation/diarrhoea, dry mouth, headache, heart palpitations, stomach-aches, nausea, muscle spasms or tightness, a lump in the throat, faintness, fatigue/weariness, sleeping too much/too little, and short and shallow breathing. When you feel overwhelmed with stress, sharing problems with others not only helps to relieve stress but can give you a new perspective on problems.

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