Science proved to us that stress is one of the main reason we develop certain health issues. Stress can weaken your immune system, thus making your more susceptible to pains and illnesses. However, the fact that stress is part of our daily life cannot be changed. Many things happen not only to us but also to the people around us, influencing our stress levels as well.
There are two kinds of stress: the good stress that keeps us going and the bad stress that stops us from doing our job properly (while harming ourselves as well). Unfortunately, there are times when we may be overstressing without even noticing that the stress was actually an issue. There are some symptoms that tell you are overstressed and that you may want to chill for a bit. We deal with all of these symptoms by becoming aware of the problem and accepting that some changes need to be done.
- You feel pain in your body
Usually, we don’t notice there is something wrong with us until our body starts shooting out signals. If your stress levels are high, you will notice various symptoms of your body breaking down such as tense muscles, ulcers, stomach issues, palpitations, diarrhea, and chest pains. You may also experience arthritis, chronic headaches or a feeling of pain all over your body.
- You are not sleeping well
Did you see any changes in your sleep pattern? Do you have moments of insomnia when you wake up several times during the night? Or maybe excessive sleeping from being too tired. These may be symptoms that can indicate you are overstressed. There are a couple of methods for you to solve that, some of them being a healthy diet, meditation or exercise. If you are experiencing nights full of nightmares or “worry sessions,” you may want to look for the root of your problem.
- Your weight is fluctuating
Are you eating too much or simply forgetting that you have to eat? Stress messes with your metabolism, slowing it down and making you gain weight. At the same time, it can also make you lose weight too fast. Our body doesn’t get enough oxygen, and therefore, we cannot get our energy from food.
- You’re all over the place
One of the signs of being overstressed is the fact that you cannot sit still and relax for more than five seconds. If you find yourself unable to sit with your own thoughts, read a book or do some gentle stretching exercise, you may be facing high levels of stress. Anxiety is often associated with stress, so in this case, you may want to find out what’s causing it and deal with the problem.
There are many other symptoms such as little patience, mood swings, hair loss or stressing continuously about work-related problems. In that case, you may want to take a moment and detach yourself from these stress factors, and look for the root problem. Meditation may come as a great help in these cases.