Stress can make you feel exhausted, although you may still find it hard to relax.
Nausea, dizziness and headaches
These symptoms may be confused with those of another illness, but they can stem from stress.
Rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure
This is one of the most common effects of stress, and can have serious implications for your health.
Sweating and/or shaking
This often signifies that your nervous system is overstretched.
Loss of sex drive
Stress can lead to a reduced interest in or ability to perform sex.
Stress can reduce the body’s ability to resist disease, leading you to get coughs and colds more often.
Aches and pains
Muscle tension and aching joints can be caused by stress.
Stress can also lead to constipation or diarrhoea.
Inability to focus
Although stress is supposed to help us concentrate in tight situations, over time it can have the opposite effect.
Trouble sleeping is a common effect of stress, although some sufferers find themselves oversleeping.
Bad moods and frustration
When you are stressed, you may get frustrated and annoyed more easily than usual.
Feeling lonely or isolated
It can be difficult to relate to others when you’re stressed, especially if they don’t seem to have the same problems as you.
Stressed people often find it hard to switch off and may stop taking pleasure in things they used to enjoy.
Increased dependence on alcohol, tobacco or drugs
This is often a coping mechanism, but stimulants and depressants won’t help you to relax properly – they will probably make things worse.
Feeling apathetic or depressed
Many of the symptoms of stress are similar to those of depression, and stress can lead to depression over time.
Avoiding social situations
You may begin feeling anxious around groups of people, even if you are usually a sociable person.
Stress can cause you to start worrying more about things such as your health, family and job, which can in turn increase your stress levels.
Some people find they develop habits such as pacing or losing control of their voice when they are stressed.