Stress is a mental and psychological burden, but often people underestimate the negative physical effects of stress on the body. Here are some telltale signs that your stress is no longer manageable (but remember folks, I’m not a doctor!)
1. Skin diseases
Stress can manifest itself in all kinds of physical ways, and one of them can be breakouts on your skin. Psoriasis, acne, and other such skin diseases can often be attributed to stress, particularly if you don’t have a previous history of them.
2. Frequent changes in weight
Prolonged periods of stress can make our weight fluctuate in both directions. When we are stressed, we produce more adrenaline, which increases our metabolism, which can lead to weight loss. On the other hand, stress can also lead to coping techniques like comfort eating. If your weight is fluctuating like this, go and see your doctor.
3. Frequent colds
This one can be difficult to spot in the winter months, when colds are commonplace, but frequent colds could also be a hallmark of stress.
4. Gastrointestinal issues
It is well-established that prolonged periods of anxiety and stress can lead to strain on the abdomen and your gastrointestinal system, even if you feel fine in the moment. Unless stress is dealt with head-on, it will manifest itself physically.
5. Inability to focus
Stress can make it very difficult for us to focus, even on everyday tasks at work. If you find yourself feeling unable to focus, try to take a quick break and do some deep breathing. And unlike the guy in the above picture, don’t rely too heavily on caffeine! This is likely to exacerbate stress.
6. Hair loss
When it comes to symptoms of stress, this is definitely at the extreme end of the spectrum. Still, it can happen, and it can be devastating. Consequences like this are why it’s so important for us to manage stress as much as possible, and not let it eat us up inside. Talk to a professional about it.
Headaches can have many causes, and can be as simple as lying down in an uncomfortable position for a while. However, if you’re getting regular tension headaches, it can likely be attributed to stress. Talk to a medical professional about it, and remember to be precise in your descriptions so that they know what they’re dealing with.
8. Low libido
There is no part of your life that is immune from the dangers of stress, including intimate times with your partner. Stress can be very damaging to your libido, which can obviously cause problems between couples. Talk to a doctor about ways to tackle your stress, and reclaim your love life.
9. Losing sleep
This is one of the most obvious symptoms of stress, and can also be one of the most damaging. If we lose sleep, or get to sleep at unsociable hours, it is highly likely to have a knock-on effect on our waking day, and could potentially exacerbate whatever the problems were in the first place. It’s important to try our best to keep a healthy routine around sleep and going to bed.
As I said at the start of the article, I’m not a doctor. However, all of the above are widely-recognised symptoms of stress, and if you’re suffering from one or all of them, you should seek advice from a medical professional. Don’t let it get on top of you! Whatever else you have going on in your life, your health should always come first.
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