Stress is normal. Some stress is good for you – it keeps you alert and protects you in times of danger or when you need to act or think quickly. For example, feeling a bit stressed about exams is normal – it may help you to focus your energy into revising well. Prolonged and unwanted stress, however, may lead to mental and physical health problems. Stress can cause both mental and physical symptoms.
The effects of stress are different for different people. The mental (emotional) symptoms of stress include:
Inability to concentrate
Feeling excessively tired
The physical symptoms of stress include:
A pounding heart
Tight muscles that may cause pain and trembling
It’s almost impossible to live without some stress. And most of us wouldn’t want to, because it gives life some spice and excitement. But if stress gets out of control, it may harm your health, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life.