What are the symptoms of stress?

When an individual is faced with a challenging, or stressful, situation, it heightens their level of arousal. Your heart beats faster, your blood pressure rises and your muscle tension increases. Stress activates your autonomous nervous system, because it helps you mobilize your resources and focus your attention.

If you are not able to defuse the situation and return your autonomous nervous system back to its normal state, stress will start to pick away on your brain and on your body.

Many people feel the activation caused by stress in their bodies. Symptoms can be digestive problems, nausea, and head aches. Prolonged stress also causes problems concentrating, memory problems, and difficulties in decision-making and planning. Managing stress – that is, managing our reactions to it and making sure the environment is supportive – is therefore crucial for ensuring a happy, healthy and productive workforce.