Behavioural Effects of Stress
These are observable in the way we act and behave. WeÂ need to understand how stress affects us and that it affects theÂ immune system and can have serious health effects. Physically ourÂ bodies react in the same way to stress, but it is the intensity that isÂ vital, if you head down the slope, you canât pull back up.
AgainÂ moderate stress is good for you, gives you the edge, too muchÂ pushes you over that edge.Â It is not easy to resolve stresses in our complex framework ofÂ social interaction and hierarchy. Intense emotions may have toÂ be buried with no opportunity to get them out, no short termÂ resolve. Thatâs when the stress cycle kicks in. The feelings of anger,Â hostility, hurt and resentment eat at our very core if they are notÂ dealt with.
The behavioural signs are probably the easiest for an outsiderÂ to spot, whereas the others you know about.
The behavioural effects and symptoms are:
â¢ Drooped head
â¢ Avoidance of friends or colleagues
â¢ Forever talking, nervous laughter
â¢ Clenched teeth
â¢ Increased smoking and alcohol
â¢ Nail biting, Hair fiddling ,Skin picking
â¢ Poor hygiene and clothing neglect
â¢ Comfort eating
â¢ Reduced eating
â¢ General fidgeting, Inability to sit still for long.
Again all these if taken for a prolonged period of time canÂ cause stress related diseases. They are very real and the list isÂ endless. Any of the combinations can cause this. There is alsoÂ frustration and conflict.