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Common symptoms of stress

If you've started to notice some of the symptoms we've listed below, we may be able to help.


  • "I can’t stand this"
  • "It’s my fault"
  • "I am useless"
  • "I am losing control of everything"
  • "I can’t keep up with everything"
  • "I can’t keep up with everything"
  • An increase or decrease in appetite
  • You are spending more time alone
  • You are sleeping too much or too little
  • You have stopped doing the things you enjoy
  • You have a short temper
  • You are constantly worrying
  • You are unable to concentrate
  • Your heart pounding in your chest
  • A stomach-churning sensation
  • You are sweating excessively
  • Angry
  • Irritable
  • Restless
  • On edge
  • Uptight
  • Full of rage
  • Frustrated
  • Stressed

Possible causes of stress

  • Stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
  • Negative thinking – sometimes you may start to think negatively due to an event or situation, and this can then become a habit and part of your general outlook; you may not even be aware of how negatively you were thinking or how this is impacting on you
  • Loss – this can be the actual loss of someone through death or disappearance, but it can also be a major life change where there has been an adjustment and a loss of role or identity, e.g. redundancy or retirement
  • Anger – if you struggle to express your feelings, particularly anger, you may find yourself stressed as a result of not expressing your anger or frustration in a safe and responsible way
  • Personality – research has shown that your personality might affect how you deal with stress

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Support for our members

If you're a member of Benenden Health, we offer support for mental health from day one.

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We worked with our partner Insight Healthcare to create this short guide. Always speak to your GP if you feel like you could be suffering from a serious mental health condition.