Every system and every single cell in your body is affected by your stress reaction, which is why there are so many different symptoms caused by anxiety and stress. To complicate it further, each individual will also have their own ‘favourite’ reactions to stress.

Anxiety and stress will also have a negative impact on your work and home life and effect every relationship you have.feeling stressed

The Symptoms

As your stress reaction is triggered your body gets flooded with adrenaline, cortisol and other hormones that send out messages that override everything and anything that your body might be doing, or anything else that your mind might be thinking about. These messages are saying:

We need to survive the nest three minutes and everything in your mind and body needs to be focussed on that very short term aim.

We need to get as much oxygen as possible to get into the big muscles in your arms and legs so you are ready to fight, flight or freeze.


We need to stay focussed on the ‘situation’ that has triggered the anxiety and not be distracted by any rational or creative thoughts or actions.

These hormonal reactions cause the following symptoms:


  • Problems breathing, chest pains or panic attacks.
  • Muscle tension, which causes headaches and other physical pains.
  • Skin complaints, as the blood is coming to the surface of your body.
  • Digestive disorders as the blood goes to the muscles away from your digestive system.
  • Inability to relax and/or sleep problems. This caused by the adrenaline which is designed to keep you alert and not relaxed or sleeping.
  • Immune system shuts down.
  • Tiredness and fatigue.


  • Can’t think straight.
  • Being forgetful.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Low mood or depression.
  • Going over and over the same thing in your head.
  • Brain fog.
  • Inabilty to make decisions.
  • Caught up in yourself and disconnected from the people around you.
  • Irritability and mood swings.

In the short term these symptoms are not problematic but over time when you are constantly worried or anxious they become chronic conditions and have more and more effect on your physical and mental health.

Please check with your GP if you are at all concerned about any of these symptoms.

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