When we’re under stress for a prolonged period of time, our health can suffer tremendously. That’s because our brains perceive being stressed out as being constantly under threat. And we all know how exhausting that can be.
You shouldn’t feel concerned if you feel a bit under the weather every once in a while. In fact, it would probably be just as exhausting to feel happy all the time. But if you have any of these signs, then you should really take care of your health more.
These are your body’s ways of telling you that something’s up and that you should watch out. Especially if you’re going through a more stressful period.
1. Weight change
If you’ve gained or lost weight considerably lately, then this is a sign of concern. You’ve been trying to stabilize your weight with a proper diet and regular exercising, but with no success. Chances are you are under psychological stress.
2. Frequent colds
We usually catch a flu when our immune systems are weaker, and that’s exactly what stress does (among many other things). It messes up our immune system and makes you more vulnerable to varied viruses. So next time, you catch a cold, don’t blame it on the weather. Try to see what goes on in your life at that moment, what upsets you.
3. Skin issues
Pityriasis rosea is only one of the skin issues you can develop due to emotional stress. Many people say they got the rash in the aftermath of a troubling life event. Other such problems include acne or other rashes.
4. Stomach problems
Your digestive system is also in danger when it comes to how stress affects us. Scientists have proven that stress does have a negative impact on the gastrointestinal tract. That’s why, in some cases, medication just won’t work. Perhaps consulting a psychologist could help ease your anxiety and thus eliminate stomachaches.
5. Hair loss
Stress is one of the leading causes of hair loss and hair thinning. You may have tried different vitamins without any significant change. If that’s the case for you, then perhaps finding ways to relax could do the trick.
6. You have a hard time concentrating
Can’t focus at work? Blame it on stress. There’s no doubt that you can’t focus when you feel tense or constantly worried.
7. Low libido
Yes, stress can wreak havoc on your sex life as well. It’s quite ironic because sex can alter your mood and release tension, but as we all know, it requires energy. If you feel drained, maybe you need a vacation.
If you can’t seem to ward off the constant migraines, know that it may because you’re too stressed out. In this case, taking pills to momentarily ease the pain will not help as they will return.
9. Heart problems
Ever heard of heartbreak? Yes, it looks like emotional pain takes its toll on our cardiovascular system too. So please take care of your heart.
10. Insomnia or oversleeping
Stress and anxiety can interfere with your sleeping patterns as well. How many times we worried ourselves to (non)sleep? Before you go on sleeping pills, make sure you address the problems you may have.
Don’t play with your health- just play. And definitely relax more! Please share!