Stress can change the way we feel and behave. Someone with high levels of stress may show some of the following signs:

  • feel dizzy, tense or ‘on edge’
  • get easily upset or angry
  • deeper or shallower breathing
  • a dry mouth
  • churning stomach
  • difficulty concentrating on a task or tackling a problem that is causing the stress
  • stiff, tense shoulder muscles
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite or comfort eating
  • difficulty relaxing or sleeping
  • find it hard to take in or remember information
  • withdraw from people or usual activities and hobbies
  • drink more alcohol or smoke too much

You may also experience some physical symptoms such as headaches, migraines, sickness, diarrhoea, hyperventilation (rapid breathing) or high blood pressure.