Adults rate their average stress level as 5.1 on a 10-point scale, where 1 is “little or no stress” and 10 is “a great deal of stress,” slightly up from 4.9 in 2014. Adults' reported stress levels are higher than what they believe is healthy (3.8 on a 10-point scale).
In this way, how do doctors determine stress levels?
Blood tests can be used to estimate how much stress one is experiencing. A cortisol blood test is one of the most commonly used blood tests. Cortisol is a hormone that is released by the adrenal glands when one is under stress. Higher levels of cortisol would indicate higher levels of stress.
What stress can lead to?
The situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. We usually think of stressors as being negative, such as an exhausting work schedule or a rocky relationship. However, anything that puts high demands on you can be stressful. Of course, not all stress is caused by external factors.
What physical symptoms can stress cause?
Physical symptoms of stress include:
- Low energy.
- Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
- Frequent colds and infections.
- Loss of sexual desire and/or ability.