Stress can be the underlying factor for many of our illnesses. It decreases the immune system, which leads us to getting sick and feel pain in the body.
We might not even feel the stress when we are over-stressed, as it masks itself under several symptoms.
Here are 9 signs that prove you are over-stressed and you don’t even know it.
One of the huge forms of being over-stressed is avoiding being still. There is a chance you are overly stressed if you can’t go for a walk, sit in contemplation, do gentle stretching exercises or just be with your own thoughts.
It’s time to address what’s causing you to avoid being still if anxiety is constant and you can’t relax to even read a book. Sometimes the worst enemy is the mind. It’s about time you get help with dealing your anxiety and fears. Stress can be triggered by the difference in the emotional body.
2. BODY PAINS
We don’t listen to the signals of the body until pain starts to scream. Under high levels of stress, your body will begin to fail. You may feel body pains such as stomach issues, diarrhea, ulcers, tense muscles, chest pains and palpitations. You will feel aches all over, arthritis will flare up, and even headaches.
Whenever you feel pain in your body, be aware of it. Do not disregard the symptoms. Address what’s going on with your body. Stress management isn’t the only one that helps you heal. Acceptance and awareness, that change is required, are the first steps to deal with stress management.
3. CANNOT FOCUS ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN WORK OR PROBLEMS
Stress has a hold of your life, if you can’t shut down work, finances, and other challenges for a while to find balance. Until you detach from the problem, you cannot find a solution. Worrying too much can escalate to cause psychological and physical problems.
4. HAIR LOSS
Usually, people shed about 100 hairs a day but most people don’t even notice. Sometimes, a certain stress may trigger a change in your body’s tedious physiological functions, and can lead to an unequal number of hairs to go into the resting phase at the same time.
Then 3 to 4 months later, or sometimes longer, all those resting hairs are shed. The effects can be upsetting. The cases that disrupt the normal hair cycle can be caused by the substantial physiological stresses on your body. It’s time you take a look at what’s emotionally causing these physical changes if you are experiencing a change in hair loss by the masses.
The inability to have patience or tolerance with others is one of the first symptoms of being over stressed. The people around us get the wrath of being under incredible stress.
If you snap or get angry quickly, most likely you are tormented by too much in your life. It’s difficult to carry the world on your shoulders. Sometimes we need to be vulnerable and seek help. Impatient with others, and with yourself, means that you need to slow down and smell the roses.
6. LOSS OF LIBIDO
One of the subjects most people do not address under stress is the loss of libido. They won’t even admit it to themselves or their partners. The stress hormone secretions responsible for sexual response get affected whenever stress levels increase.
Stress can cause exhaustion and the inability to experience any kind of intimacy. It may be time to try stress management and other relaxation techniques if you are experiencing a decrease or loss in your libido. Ultimately your partner shouldn’t be affected by outer issues that aren’t part of your loving relationship. Discuss your fear and your concerns.
7. MAJOR MOOD SWINGS
When stress levels arise, our mental health gets affected. Your hormones may be affected by too much stress if you find yourself happy one moment, and then immediately crying or enraged.
Keeping things inside and carrying everything alone, won’t help. Seek help. Try to talk to others. Make time to know what’s truly causing you to behave this way. Stress does not only injure the body, but also affects and hurts relationships. Stress can heighten anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and addictions (from alcohol, drugs, sexual or food) and other mental health issues.
8. SLEEPING PROBLEMS
Any variation in sleep patterns, either having too much sleep from exhaustion, or insomnia, needs to be addressed. Meditation, exercise and a healthy balance diet can help with sleep issues. But, ultimately you need to find the cause of the problem.
Do you worry too much at night? When you are asleep, do you having nightmares? Our daily situations get played out in the subconscious. Sleep, or lack of sleep, gets affected. Stress hinders a peaceful state of mind. Patterns of sleep change with age and environmental issues, however, when you are over-stressed one of the first things that gets affected is sleep.
9. WEIGHT FLUCTUATION ISSUES
Do you overeat or forget to eat sometimes? Stress will hold up your metabolism and you will gain weight. Change in appetite is a detector to our emotional and physical bodies and how we are being affected.
If you worry and do not address the issues, it can also find you lose weight quickly. Cells do not get enough oxygen when we are overstressed. Food is a source of energy and what we put in our body is a sign of how we handle things.