What does ‘Stress’ feel like?

Published on February 28, 2017

If I asked you the question what does ‘stress’ feel like? What would you say?


Stress means many different things to different people.

By definition stress is:

‘A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.’ Oxford Dictionary

Stress can present in many different ways and it’s important to be able to recognise these signs, particularly because the way that stress presented itself in your 20s maybe different to how it presents itself in your 40s.

By being aware and recognising these common stress symptoms in your own body, you can search for answers or treatment so that you can feel energised, well rested and calm in life.

Symptoms of stress:

Emotional or cognitive symptoms:

  • Feeling frustrated, moody, angry or overwhelmed
  • Overactive mind or constant worrying
  • Forgetting things frequently
  • Disorganised
  • Trouble focusing on tasks
  • Poor self-image or negative self talk
  • Isolating yourself from others

Physical symptoms:

  • Low energy
  • Digestive problems including bloating, constipation, diarrhoea or nausea
  • Aches, pains and sore muscles
  • Frequent colds, flu or mouth ulcers
  • Loss of sexual drive/libido
  • Problems with sleep including falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Wired in the evenings and tired in the mornings
  • Sore jaw from clenching
  • Headaches
  • Period pain

I often have clients who tell me, “I am stressed, but it’s not like I can remove all the stress in my life – I still need to work, my family keeps me busy and I have lots of things that I need to do each day!” A stress reduction naturopathic program isn’t just about removing the stress from your life because, as my client said, we still need to work, exercise, cook, clean and be present in life. A stress reduction program looks at ways to increase and add calming things into your life so that your nervous system is more balanced and you become better at coping with stress. We also look at nutrition and ways that you can support your nervous system to life a busy life and cope with stress.

If you are feeling any of these or a combination of these symptoms then send me an email or book in for a consultation with me where we can work out an individualised Stress reduction plan for you.

– Denise Harvey

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