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Symptoms of Stress

Education about the Symptoms of Stress can help clients, groups, and classrooms recognize the importance of self-care. Many clients have difficulty recognizing that they are experiencing stress, or they might fail to make the connection between their symptoms and their emotions.

This printout summarizes the physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms that accompany stress such as fatigue, anxiety, unhealthy eating, neck and back pain, and nail biting. Use this worksheet as an aid during a presentation about stress, or as reference for a client who is experiencing symptoms of stress.

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