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5 Common Physical Signs for Identifying Stress

Updated on December 24, 2011


Stress, isn’t this one of the latest buzzword? The universal truth is that each and every individual is affected by stress in one way or the other. There are so many factors or reasons behind stress. To lead a healthy, peaceful and happy life, it is very much essential to get relieved of stress. To do so, stress has to be identified. What is stress? What are the ways to identify stress? Is identifying stress difficult? Let us get an answer to these questions by understanding the 5 physical signs of stress.


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Stress - Emotional or Physical Strain:


When do we say we are stressed out? When we feel that everything is out of control or in other words, nothing seems to be under control, we say we are stressed out. Stress is our reaction to the outside pressure put on us.


According to Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, following are the top 10 stressful life events:


  1. Spouse’s death
  2. Divorce
  3. Marriage separation
  4. Jail term
  5. Death of close relative
  6. Injury or illness
  7. Marriage
  8. Fired from job
  9. Marriage reconciliation
  10. Retirement


To get over stress, it first must be identified. There are some physical signs for identifying stress. What are those physical signs to identify stress?

Physical Signs to Identify Stress:

Each and every person reacts to stress in a different way. In some people, it may be evident that they are stressed; however, others may show only little signs of being stressed. There are people who may get panic or anxiety attacks because of stress. Some of the common physical signs to identify stress are included below; this may change according to your profession and personality. Here are some of the physical signs for identifying stress:

Physical signs for identifying stress

Physical signs for identifying stress
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  1. Over eating or loss of appetite: Are you a person who in general eats well? Do you suddenly see a change in your appetite? This might be an indicator of stress. A normal healthy person may either overeat or eat less when stressed.
  2. Indigestion: This is one of the most common physical sign for identifying stress. When an individual starts to feel stressed out, tension starts to build up and end up producing more stress hormones. This leads to indigestion and pain in the intestinal walls of our stomach.
  3. Lack of sleep: You may experience fatigue or feel tired all of a sudden; this is yet another physical sign to identify stress. Even though feeling tired, you may not be able to get proper sleep. Find out how to get a good night’s sleep.
  4. Sweating: This physical sign for identifying stress would definitely be surprising to many of us; it is nothing but sweating. If you are sweating a lot even when not exercising or doing anything active, the reason could be stress. Some may experience sweaty palms and feet; this is also another indication for stress.
  5. Dry mouth: A recent research says that when a person is stressed, he/she breathes differently and this results in dry mouth. This is another indication or physical sign for identifying stress. Dry mouth if not treated properly may lead to cavities.

These are some of the common physical signs to identify stress. Few other physical signs include:

  1. No or less interest towards sex
  2. Nausea
  3. Stuttering
  4. Elevated or high blood pressure
  5. Frequent colds

Start identifying the physical signs of stress and get relieved of stress. All the best for leading a happy, peaceful and stress-free life!


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      anuramkumar 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      @peter geekie, Thanks for the visit, comment and the vote.

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Anuramkumar,

      Thank you for an interesting and well researched article. Whilst many of life's problems can be caused by stress it has become a convenient excuse to explain poor performance or even idleness. A certain amount of stress is necessary for us to function properly but when it becomes excessive we have a problem.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

      Kind regards Peter

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      anuramkumar 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Iguidenetwork, Am very happy to know that you found this hub useful. Thanks for the vote, comment and share.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      This a a very important and vital information to all of us busy people, thanks for posting. Up, useful and shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful and informative hub. Stress today is a common due the fast paced life we live so any info on reducing stress is invaluable.

      Voted up/useful and shared.

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      Primpo 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      Yes you are right, stress is a common situation for all of us to deal with. Especially when your easygoing, and you are incharge at your job and people tend to walk over you because your so damned nice!! I'm not talking about me, I was thinking of a friend, but with that thought comes the question, how do you keep yourself calm.. exercise, yoga, martial arts, reading.. ect. you must take some time for yourself.. that is one of the keys, you have to make it a point, and rest is very important too. loved the hub

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      anuramkumar 6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Livingfood, I'm happy you found this post very useful.

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Well I now know for sure that I am stressed out.... I noticed on the top 10 list children were not mentioned. LOL. I really enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the advice and tips.

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      LivingFood 7 years ago

      I used to think that stress was no big deal, but I have learned that it affects the body in so many different ways...and can cause all kinds of diseases. Thanks for sharing this piece.

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      anuramkumar 7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very true, there is more stress these days.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Good information, seems like there is more stress now than ever.