What are the signs and symptoms of stress and depression?

The signs of feeling stressed and/ or low or depressed can manifest themselves in a number of different ways. There can be a range of physical symptoms, and also common emotional feelings. The two are often easily linked.

Here is a range of some of the physical symptoms that can be experienced when we are feeling stressed or depressed –

  • Lack of energy/ lethargy
  • Low mood
  • Increase in bad habits or poor diet
  • find it difficult to relax or ‘switch off’
  • Poor sleep
  • Increased feelings of anxiety and tension
  • Low immune system
  • Aches and pains
  • Lack of interest in social activities
  • Increased blood pressure/ hypertension
  • Skin complaints

This list is not exhaustive, but it gives you and idea of signs and symptoms experienced. Do you resonate with any of these? Would you like life to look differently? Do you wonder how you can get off this downward spiral and where this stuff came from in the first place?

This all actual goes back to the way we think. When we think certain thoughts, for example ones of stress, worry, grief, anxiety, fear, resentment etc, we release certain chemicals in the brain. Commonly known as stress hormones.

As we continue to think the same thoughts, our body becomes flooded with this concoction of chemicals (and this pattern can go on for a looooong time). This then leads to the common physiological symptoms, some of which you may recognise above.

The good news? This cycle can be changed. Today. Much quicker than you might think.

Do you want to rid yourself from the familiar patterns of stress or depression? What are the costs to you if you continue to live the current way you are?

The further good news! – There is nothing wrong with YOU! This is simply an old pattern of thinking that doesn’t serve you anymore. Contact me if you would like to discuss lifestyle changes today that will rid you of this old pattern, once and for all.