Many health conditions are, directly or indirectly, caused by stress, because it weakens the immune system which leads to illnesses and pain. Stress is causing imbalance of every bodily function, and we often don’t even notice the symptoms.
Stress can defined as a change in the environment which requires the body to react, with physical, mental and emotional responses. The event and things that happen to us put stress on our body, so stress is normal part of life. There are good and bad forms of stress.
But when we get overstressed, we don`t even notice it, because it hides under other symptoms.
These are the 9 most common stress symptoms we are often not aware of:
Changes in sleeping habits, like insomnia or too much sleep, should be addresses and treated with healthy diet, meditation and regular exercise, because they are one of the first signs of being overstressed.
Still we need to find the real cause of the problem. Do you have nightmares? Do you worry too much during the night, instead of sleeping? Our subconscious affects our sleep. Our sleeping patterns can also be changed with age or some environmental factors.
Can`t sit still:
Another sign of being overstresses is the inability to sit still, do simple stretching exercises, go for a walk or be with your own thoughts. The anxiety is constant and you can`t even concentrate to read one page from a book. If this is the case, you need to get help to manage the anxiety. This is probably caused by thoughts and fears we tend to push further and further down, until one day they appear in another part of the body.
Carolyn Jacob, the founder and medical director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, says that: “Normally, we lose up to 100 hairs every day, which we don`t even notice. If we are under significant stress, it may change certain physiological functions, causing a great number of hairs to go into resting phase. After a few months, these hairs are shed, causing alarming effects. These physiological changes are caused by emotional stress, so we need to discover the root of the problem.
Loss of libido:
This is subject most people don`t like acknowledging, not to themselves, not to their partners. Stress affects the sexual response, causes exhaustion and inability and unwillingness to experience any kind of intimacy. In order to treat this problem, you need to manage your stress or try some relaxation techniques. And don`t hide these things from the partner, express your concerns and fears, don`t let them have power over you and your love life.
Major mood swings:
Increased stress levels affect our mental health, so we start to experience major mood changes- one moment we are happy, and then we start crying for no reasons. This is because stress is affecting our hormones. Don`t bottle up things inside you, talk to someone, ask for help, try and find what`s causing this behavior. Stress can also increase disorders like anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder or addictions like drugs, food, sex or alcohol, and it can be the cause of many other mental problems.
Little or no patience with others:
If you are constantly inpatient and intolerant to others, you are probably showing one of the first symptoms of being overstressed. You get angry or snap very quickly, usually at the people closest to you. Carrying a lot on your shoulders is not easy, so ask for help and try to slow down a bit.
Stress can slow down your metabolism, causing weigh gain. If you are experiencing changes in your appetite (you overeat or forget to eat), it may signify that your emotional and physical wellbeing is affected by stress. Too much stress can cause the cells not to get enough oxygen. You may be eating too many sweets for no reason, or not eating enough- what and how much we eat can tell as a lot about how we handle things.
You think about work or problems all the time:
You go home and you still think about work, you try to relax and enjoy family time but you keep thinking about finances or other problems in your life, you go out with your friends but keep checking emails or your phone all the time. This means that stress is suffocating you and you need to find a balance and detach from the problem in order to solve it.
Body in pain:
If we don`t hear the warning from our body, one day we will wake up in pain, because increased stress causes the body to break down. High stress levels can cause ulcers, tense muscles, chest pains, stomach problems, diarrhea or palpitations. The previous conditions will flare up, we will feel pain all over the body, and headaches will obstruct the normal functioning. You need to be aware of the things and accept them, address the problem, and that start with stress management.