Other than acne and high blood pressure, you could exhibit other symptoms of stress that you may not know are related to it.

You can’t keep your eyes open:

Back in 2015, the American Psychological Association conducted a large survey which showed that fatigue was a reported symptom of stress exhibited by 32 percent of people who participated in the study.

Three essential forms would show extreme tiredness. It can feel emotional when it comes to stress-based fatigue, similar to a feeling right after an intense argument with a friend or a family member. It can be physical, like how you feel after an intense workout. Thirdly, it could be cognitive; felt whenever we use our minds extensively when we study or work.

In most cases, napping can be healthy but if every time you feel stressed you turn to snoozing, then you ought to determine if it’s a rejuvenating cat nap or just a psychologically unproductive crutch.

Oversleeping is one symptom of depression, so seeking therapy might help if your fatigue feels like more of an ongoing form of mental distress.

You’re a ball of emotions:

It can feel like an onslaught to your system when you’re experiencing many emotions like rage, frustration, loneliness and fear all at once. Perhaps you can’t focus on the moment, your chest feels heavy, and your thoughts are racing all over the place.

You might be stuck on pain from the past or filled with worry about the future. Flooding is the term that best describes this. Emotional experiences are found in everyday life but emotions such as frustration that comes from a heated, unprecedented argument with a spouse, can feel impossible to manage, placing it into the flooded category.

Arielle Schwartz, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist in Boulder, Colorado, says “flooding is the amount of emotional reactivity someone is experiencing in any given moment that feels beyond what they have the capacity to respond to effectively.” Focusing on the here and now is the antidote.

You’re frozen:

A frozen response is when fear immobilizes us during stressful situations. A sense of stiffness, restricted breathing, and feeling stuck in some part of the body are the symptoms of freezing up.

Our body could go into what’s known as dissociation, an attempt to block out the reality of life-threatening risks when it comes to the case of serious threats such as a physical attack or during a natural disaster.

The freeze also shows up in cases where we feel a sense of helplessness either due to our age (as a child who is still learning to adjust to the world) or our state of mind (which could be affected from trauma), not just a response to extreme circumstances.

You go with the flow:

Curtis Reisinger, PhD, chief of the psychiatry and psychological services division at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Manhasset, New York, says fawning, a desire to cooperate or submit oneself to one’s threat or captor is another less-recognized stress response says.

It is an evolutionary response to seek appeasement. For example, we may react by complying with the requests of the person who can do us harm during a robbery, as it offers a higher chance of survival rather than getting killed over money. Fawning is similar to an emotionally fraught sense, although the threat may be lower.

The word fawn traditionally means to show affection or attempt to gain favor in a situation, usually a bad situation, through exaggerated flattery. A very common example of this is withholding your true emotions to avoid conflict when you get into an argument with a loved one, usually your spouse or girlfriend.

This could be an example of responding to stress through fawning. Fawning can be likened to people-pleasing in a watered-down sense, a behavior some of us are all too familiar with.

By Aaron
13th June 20:00

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