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Stress Symptoms

Don't Ignore the Symptoms of Stress

stressed woman

by Nikki Willhite


Cartoon stress is funny.  Real stress isn't.  Stress can lead to anxiety disorders, depression and other debilitating conditions which affect the quality of your life.


Most people suffer stress at some time during their lives.  Usually it is temporary and goes away.  However, if stress goes on too long, it may lead to a "melt down" and you are in trouble.


The most serious stress comes from being in a position where you can't see an end to it.  If a project is causing you stress but you know it will end soon, chances are the stress won't be a serious issue.  If, on the other hand, you are in a situation causing you stress that doesn't look like it is going to end, that is serious.


Everyone should know the signs of stress.  Some of them are obvious.  Others are only seen in hindsight. Sometimes people know they are in trouble, and tell other people they are "hanging by a thread", but they are not taken seriously.


If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be in trouble.  If you develop anxiety issues it is not going to be cheap to fix them.  It is frugal to maintain not only your physical health but your mental well-being.  Don't dig a hole for yourself living with stress.  If you can't fix it yourself, get help.




Panic attacks

Breaking into tears and crying

Shallow breathing

Tensing up your muscles

Sleep problems


Feeling tired

Getting sick all the time

Acid reflex and heartburn

Gaining or losing weight

Not thinking clearly

Feeling like you just can't take it anymore


Stress symptoms are tricky, because all of the above may be caused by something else.  The body has a limited amount of symptoms when something is troubling it.


The top 4 symptoms are the most obvious stress symptoms.   If you feel stressed, take it seriously.  If you go "down", it may be like Humpty Dumpty.  You will never be able to put the pieces back together again, and life as you once knew it will be over.


Watch yourself, take care of yourself, put yourself first when you have to, and seek help if you need it.


About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 








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