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Four responses to stress

Cognitive response

Poor memory, difficulty in concentrating, poor judgment, negative thoughts, ruminating etc.

Emotional response

Anxiety, irritability, excitement, restlessness, anger, oppression, loneliness, isolation, etc.

Physical response

Different pain symptoms, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, heart and mouth pain, fast heartbeat, muscle tension, loss of interest in sex, feeling cold, unusual cold, etc.

Behavioral response

Eating too much or too little; sleep too much or too little; reduce social activities; procrastination; use of cigarette, alcohol or drugs to cope with stress, etc.

  • A moderate level of stress response  can help us improve our ability to cope with challenges, such as making us more focused on work, focus on winning games, and passing examinations.

  • But being under prolonged and excessive stress can negatively impact health, mood, productivity, relationships and quality of life.


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