Why do I feel so jumpy and irritated?

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Stressed Woman
Sometimes you may feel a little out of sorts but cannot quite put your finger on why. Perhaps you feel a little anxious or have started snapping at your loved ones, are having difficulty concentrating at work or crumble at the slightest obstacle or frustration. These signs and symptoms may indicate that you are experiencing stress overload.

Stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life for many people. Many of life’s demands can cause stress particularly work pressure, relationships and money problems, which may feel familiar or even normal for you. You may not even notice how stress is affecting you until it takes a toll on your health, mood, productivity or quality of life. Stress affects our mind, body and behaviour in various ways and everyone experiences stress differently.

Below are common warning signs and symptoms of stress that you may not be aware of. These indications may also be caused by other psychological and medical problems so it is important to see your healthcare professional for a full evaluation and to determine whether or not your symptoms are stress‐related.

Stress warning signs and symptoms
Cognitive symptoms

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgement
  • Negativity
  • Anxiety or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
Emotional symptoms

  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or a short temper
  • Agitation or inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling down or generally unhappy
Physical symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Frequent colds
  • Lack of sex drive
Behavioural symptoms

  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Drinking or smoking to relax
  • Nervous habits like nail biting or pacing

How can I deal with stress and its symptoms?

There is little we can do to prevent stress, but there are many ways we can manage it more effectively.

  • Take care of yourself and make time for rest and relaxation. This might involve attending a yoga class, getting a massage, spending time in nature, using deep breathing techniques or meditation. Whatever works for your body and your unique situation.
  • Exercise is the ultimate stress reliever and boosts your mood by releasing feel good endorphins and distracting you from whatever worries are on your mind. Find forms of exercise that you find enjoyable to you such as boxing, swimming, jogging, cycling or team sports.
  • Nourish your body with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, legumes and healthy fats from fish, raw nuts and seeds.
  • Limit alcohol which can mask symptoms of stress and anxiety, and reduce caffeine which can make the symptoms worse. Why not replace your afternoon espresso with green tea or a dandelion latte, which tastes a little like coffee but without the stimulating side effects
  • Laugh often. It goes a long way in reducing stress. Try spending time around people who share your sense of humour.
  • Volunteer or find a way to be involved in your community, which creates a support network and takes you away from your day to day stressors.
  • If you find that stress or anxiety is affecting your sleep, consider using a natural sleep aid like Nature’s Own Complete Sleep Advanced, which may help you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake refreshed.
  • Consider taking Nature’s Own EQ CONTROL, a specialised product with the clinically trialled ingredient Sensoril®, to help relieve the symptoms of stress and mild anxiety including loss of appetite, headaches and muscle pain, irritability, sleeplessness, forgetfulness and inability to concentrate.

Published March 24, 2014
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