Signs of excessive stress


feeling anxious, irritable, impatient, forgetful, impulsive, overwhelmed, exhausted


headaches, increased heart rate, perspiration, upset stomach, muscle tension


changes in sleeping or eating patterns, arguing, withdrawal from friends, binge gaming/television

Life stress examples:

  • Interpersonal: roommate conflicts, family demands, work responsibilities
  • Life events: death of a loved one, moving, break-ups, divorce of parents
  • Financial: bills, unplanned expenses, tuition
  • Psychological: thoughts, beliefs, worries, changes in mood
  • Physiological: illness, injury, sleep disturbances, poor nutrition
  • Lifestyle choices: lack of sleep or exercise, poor time management, use of alcohol
  • Organizational: rules, educational requirements, role expectations