9 Signs You’re Overstressed (And Don’t Know It)
There are many separate scientific studies which have proved that chronic stress is cause for occurrence of many health issues and medical conditions. Namely, stress reduces the function of the immune system and on that way makes people prone to various illnesses and pains.
It is undeniable fact that stress is part of our everyday life and we cannot do anything to change that fact. All events and things as well as certain situations that happen to us or people we love, put a great stress on our body.
Our organism, thoughts and the environment cause two types of stress: good and bad.
There are two types of stress: good and bad which we usually experience from our body, thoughts, and environment.
Unfortunately, when we experience stress, particularly when we are overstressed, we might not notice that we are under stress. In such situation we actually are not aware of is as this condition masks itself under certain symptoms.
Below you can read about 9 symptoms that indicate that you are overstressed and you are not aware of that:
- Your body is in pain
Most people don’t pay attention to the symptoms that their body gives them, until they experience unbearable pain. Namely, if you are under high-stress levels, after certain period of time your organism will start to break down, or in other words you will experience ulcers, stomach issues, diarrhea, tense muscle, chest pains and palpitations. Moreover, you may experience chronic headaches, arthritis, or aches all over your body. You should never ignore these warning signs that your body is trying to send. It is of extreme importance to visit medical expert and find out what is happening to your body. Psychologists explain that first step in dealing with stress management is awareness and acceptance the fact that you need to make changes.
- You aren’t sleeping well
If you notice any changes in your sleep patterns, such as excessive sleeping from tiredness or insomnia you should consult your doctor. These signs may indicate that you are overstressed.
In order to solve the sleep problems, you should start consuming healthy food, start exercising on regular basis and do yoga or meditation. In addition to that, it is crucial to find the root to your problem.
Answer the following questions: Do you have nightmares while you are sleeping? Are worrying too much at night before you fall asleep? Scientists explain that events throughout the day have direct impact on our subconscious and chronic stress negatively affects the peaceful state of mind. Despite the fact that age and environmental factors may have influence and change your sleeping patterns, if you are overstressed, the thing that is affected is your sleep.
- You have weight fluctuations
Do you forget to eat or you are over-eating? Are you consuming a high amount of sweets? Medical experts explain that stress slows down your metabolism and as a result of that, you will gain some weight. When you are overstressed, your cells are not able to get enough oxygen. Another way on which stress is manifested is with losing weight rapidly.
Food provides you energy that your organism needs and type of food you consume shows how you are dealing with things. The base for how you treat your body actually is your mental capacity to deal with emotional issues.
- You can’t stop thinking about work or problems
If you constantly think about your work, finances and other everyday issues in order to find a balance, the reason for that may be the fact that stress has affected your body. In order to find a solution, you need to detach from the problem. Excessive worrying may result in physical and psychological issues.
Do you check your emails, phone, and other forms of communication related to your work all the time? If the answer is YES, it means you are suffocated by stress and you need to understand what is really important in life.
- You can’t sit still
Can you sit still in contemplation? Can you go for a slow walk and be with your own thoughts? Can you do gentle stretching exercises, do yoga or meditate? If the answer is NO, you should be aware of the fact that these signs are another indication that you are overstressed.
If you constantly feel anxious and you cannot sit and relax, you need to find the reason that makes you feel like that.
Sometimes, our own mind is our worst enemy. In order to avoid health issues, you need to manage your fears and anxiety.
Stress can be triggered by emotional imbalance in the body. As doctors explain, very often people avoid certain things and push them further and further down until they are manifested in other body areas.
- You have little patience with others
If you don’t have patience or tolerance, it is clear indication that you are overstressed. When are tormented by too much in their life, some people are getting getting angry quickly or are snapping.
If you notice such behavior and if you have a lack of patience with others you should ask for help and be vulnerable. You need to slow down and try to calm yourself.
- You have major mood swings
Our mental health gets affected when the stress levels increase. If you have major mood swings, for example if you feel happy in one moment and few moments later you find yourself enraged or crying, it is most likely that that stress has affected your hormones.
Medical experts advise you to talk with psychologist in order to find the reason that causes the mood swings. Sometimes, the stress may not injure your body, but can hurt your relationships with people around you.
There are scientific studies which have proved that stress may enhance addictions from alcohol, food, sexual and even drugs, but also may cause anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and other severe mental health issues.
- You have hair loss
Carolyn Jacob, MD is founder and medical doctor of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. According to Carolyn, people on average lose 100 hairs every day and some people do not even notice that.
If you are overstressed, the physiological functions of your body may change and that will cause a disproportionate amount of hairs to go simultaneously into the resting phase. Scientists explain that 3-4 months later, all of the resting hairs are shed.
It is scientifically proved that substantial physiological stresses on your body can disrupt the normal hair cycle and cause hair loss. Therefore, if you notice excessive hair loss, you should visit psychologist and discover the emotional cause of these physical changes of your organism.
- You have a loss of libido
Loss of libido is another change that people do not notice or don’t pay attention to when are under stress. Namely, when the stress levels rise, the stress hormone secretions responsible for the sexual response get affected.
Moreover, if you are overstressed, you may feel tired and unable to have any kind of intimacy. Therefore, if you notice a loss of your libido, it is highly advisable to try to relax. You can try stress management, medication, yoga and other techniques for relaxation.