What are behavior changes caused by stress

Recognize stress

Recognizing excessive stress is not easy, because the symptoms are often diffuse ("I'm not in a good mood again today.") Or suggest a purely physical problem - such as headaches or digestive problems. Over time, however, a fairly typical picture emerges

  • Physical complaints: fatigue, tiredness, headache, nervousness, insomnia and digestive problems such as diarrhea or heartburn.
  • Emotional complaints: Stress is most often shown by impatience and irritability. You are overly sensitive, “short-linked”, “charged” and dissatisfied. Many stressed people feel misunderstood and rejected. Another stress reaction that is common in women is mental paralysis: Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and sadness up to and including depression.
  • Behavioral changes: Stress can also be indicated by increased alcohol and nicotine consumption, social withdrawal in favor of excessive media consumption, nervous habits ranging from nail biting to tics or eating disorders.

Stressed people tend to artificially control the alternation of tension and relaxation. You slow down with alcohol, stimulate with coffee and chocolate, and nicotine provides the little highlights in between. What arises in the long term, however, is not balance, but dependency - and that means that relaxation from the inside out is increasingly difficult. This should by no means be understood as a campaign against the creativity-enhancing cup of coffee or the relaxing glass of red wine - luxury foods in moderation can certainly promote balance, but as "stress relievers" they are problematic.

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Authors

Dr. med. Herbert Renz-Polster in: Gesundheit heute, edited by Dr. med. Arne Schäffler. Trias, Stuttgart, 3rd edition (2014). | last changed on at 16:05