11 Important Signs That Your Body Is VERY STRESSED
Stress is pretty unavoidable these days. Just turn on the TV, check your voicemail, or take a gander at your inbox and you’ll likely be met with all sorts of stressors.
If you’ve ever gotten a headache after a particularly stressful day at work, then you know exactly what I mean. Deal with too much and your bod will be flooded with stress hormones, which create a sort of chain reaction.
As Dr. Nikki Martinez says, “Stress leads to physical symptoms because it is your body’s way of letting stress out, instead of shoving it down. [Your] body literally cannot manage the amount of stress it is under, and it starts to come out in visible and physical symptoms.” Cue the aforementioned headache, or shakiness, or sweaty armpits.
While short-term stress can cause these symptoms, it’s the long-term stuff you really have to worry about. “Long term stress can lead to to heart issues, breathing issues, and it can increase the symptoms of existing underlying health issues,” Martinez adds.
Getting things under control — either by removing stressors, or learning how to cope with them — is a great place to start. Read on for some signs it may be time to do just that.
1. Changing weight
You might have been in a situation where you couldn’t stabilize your weight with diets or physical exercises.
Some really intense experiences can make you gain extra pounds. As it turns out, frequent stressful situations increase the production of the hormone cortisol. It stabilizes metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and supports the necessary levels of sugar in the blood. If a person has too much of the hormone, the person will eat more, the body will produce less testosterone, and the body will burn fewer calories. And this will make you gain weight.
Sometimes stress and anxiety cause people to lose weight. Increased levels of adrenaline in the blood make this happen. Adrenaline speeds up metabolism, but it slows down the excretion of fats. Scientists also blame the CRH hormone for loss of weight.
2. Skin diseases
Psoriasis, acne, and other skin diseases can be caused by stress. Scientists conducted research among students, and it showed a direct connection between a high level of psychological stress and skin problems. An experiment with mice gave the same result. The animals that were exposed to large doses of stress were more susceptible to skin infections.
Headaches can be caused by many reasons: osteochondrosis, the wrong position during sleep, low or high blood pressure, sinusitis, pregnancy, and many others. But sometimes headaches are caused by emotional stress that you have at work or at home.
Taking pills may help with a headache. But if you don’t exclude stressful situations from your life, the headache will return over and over again.
4. Frequent colds
As we said before, stress causes the production of cortisol, which can suppress inflammation. However, if a person is experiencing chronic stress, the immune system becomes less sensitive to cortisol, which results in a more serious inflammation. The body then has a higher risk of getting a cold.
Don’t blame the cold weather as it is only a trigger for a body with a weakened immune system. If you get sick often, think about something that worries you a lot in your life, and try to eliminate it.
5. Problems with sleep
Stressful situations can be a reason for serious problems with sleep. You might have insomnia if you’ve been under heavy stress for a long time. This is a very difficult situation because a person can’t work normally and enjoy life without good sleep. When sleeping pills don’t work anymore, it’s time to be alert and maybe see a doctor. It’s very important that you find the reason for your sleep problems and eliminate it as quickly as possible.
6. Gastrointestinal disorders
There is scientific proof that stress can have a negative effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes, medicines for abdominal distension and stomachache don’t help. In this case, a visit to a psychologist can be very helpful. A doctor will determine the causes of your anxiety and try to help you.
7. Loss of hair
Scientists have come to the conclusion that stress can make you partially or even fully bald. If you’ve noticed that you have less hair than before, and different vitamins make no positive effect, stress may be a reason. So stop being nervous if you want to keep your beautiful hair.
8. Low libido
An emotionally drained person, someone who is often exposed to stress, usually has quite a low libido. Scientists conducted a study and came to such a conclusion. So if you haven’t had sex with your partner for a long time, don’t be mad or worried as this will not help the situation. If the reason really is stress, it will only make things worse. A great thing to do would be to go on vacation together.
9. Difficulties focusing
People who have been under stress for a long time find it hard to focus on tasks. If you notice that you have become less focused than usual, maybe it’s time to slow down a little and have a rest. This happens because of nervous tension.
10. Cardiovascular diseases
Our hearts have to go through a lot during our lives, both good things and bad. Stress has a bad influence on the heart. Scientists proved that chronic stress is one of the most frequent causes of cardiovascular diseases. Such circumstances as hard work or, vice versa, no work at all, living in poverty, and problems in the family only make the situation worse.
11. You Have A Case Of The Shakes
Hand trembling is another physical sign of too much stress, Martinez tells me. So take note if you go to reach for your phone and notice your fingers are trembling. This is due to the pent up stress in your body escaping in the form of jitteriness.