This is the second post in a series about stress. The first post can be found here. The other day I described some physical signs of stress, but sometimes stress manifests itself more noticeably in your behaviour.
The following list describes typical behaviours that are associated with stress. The impact of stress on chronic disease is varied but important to recognise as it can exacerbate your symptoms or lead to further health problems. If you find that you are exhibiting these behaviours you might want to find ways to destress and unwind or talk to your Doctor about other ways of managing your condition.
- You need nicotine, alcohol or drugs to unwind or feel relaxed
- Your sleep patterns change – you need more sleep, can’t get to sleep or wake up in the night
- You feel lethargic and disinclined to do anything
- You are short tempered for no particular obvious reason
- You tend to argue with people rather than discuss things with them
- You often feel angry with yourself, sometimes because of the other behaviours on this list
- You often feel angry with other people for no particular reason, or for insignificant reasons
- You stop doing things you enjoyed doing before
- You withdraw from society, for example staying at home all the time, declining invitations to go out with friends
- You become paranoid about the people aorund you
- You become weepy for no reason