Stress is a mental and physical state that is triggered by circumstances that are not ideal. Everyone’s bodies portray stress symptoms in a different way, from external signs such as facial acne, to internal signs, such as chronic diseases. When stress is left unmanaged, it can trigger a number of signs and symptoms.
Stress is the physical manifestation of when we are feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with life’s demands. These demands can be related to anything from work, school, family or friends. Stress can also be triggered in people of all ages as it does not merely depend on the severity of the situation, but also the capacity of the person at that point in their lives and their ability to cope with it.
Stress can also serve as a motivator, an essential component to survival. The “fight-or-flight” mechanism can tell us how and when to respond to danger, a life-saving instinct. Unfortunately, when chronic stress triggers this mechanism too often, it can affect a person’s mental and physical well-being. Some symptoms of chronic, untreated stress include the following.
Symptom #1: Vasovagal
This stress symptom can occur when your body overreacts to triggers, such as emotional distress. It causes your heart rate and blood pressure to suddenly drop and reduces the blood flow to your brain. This results in a loss of consciousness and syncope. Vasovagal is usually harmless and requires no treatment, but it is dangerous to have an episode of syncope because you can injure yourself.
Before fainting from vasovagal, a person may experience the following symptoms: pale skin, lightheadedness, nausea, yawning, blurred vision, feeling warm and cold sweats. Recovery generally begins quickly, however if you stand too soon, you are at risk of having another episode of syncope.
You may not always be able to avoid vasovagal, and some people are more prone to it than others, however, if you feel you may faint, lie down and lift your legs to allow gravity to keep blood flowing to your brain.