How To Recognize Stress In Yourself

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse circumstances.

At one point or another, most people deal with feelings of stress.

Too much stress can produce both physical and emotional symptoms

Stress doesn’t just dominate your mind—it makes its mark on your entire body.

Let’s look at some of the emotional signs of stress and what you can do to reduce and manage them.

Neck pain

Muscle tension is one of the first physical manifestations of stress, and it tends to be most pronounced at the base of the head. That’s why your masseuse may ask if you’ve been stressed lately when your neck and shoulders feel insanely tense.

Headaches

Stress is the most common cause of tension headaches.It can also trigger other types of headaches, like migraines, or make an existing headache worse.

Nausea

Whether a knot in your stomach or straight up nausea.That’s because digestion is often disrupted and slowed down when your nervous system is trying to cope with stress. 

Hair loss

Life-changing events such as childbirth or surgery also  can actually cause your hair to stop growing temporarily as your body dedicates its efforts to surviving said event. When it starts growing again, the hairs that were stalled in the middle of growing get shed all at once, so you may find yourself combing out what seems like handfuls at a time.

Weight gain

Stress can significantly impact your ability to maintain a healthy weight. It can also prevent you from losing weight. 

Acne

Acne is one of the most visible ways that stress often manifests itself.Stress can’t directly cause acne. However, studies

 have shown that if you already have acne, stress does make it worse.

Rapid heartbeat and chest pain

Several studies have shown that high stress levels can cause a fast heartbeat or heart rate. Stressful events or tasks may also increase heart rate.

Insomnia

Stress is associated with fatigue and disruptions in sleep, which may result in decreased energy levels.

 Getting sick more often

If you feel like you’re constantly battling a case of the sniffles, stress may be to blame.Stress may take a toll on your immune system and can cause increased susceptibility to infections.

 Irregular period

Too much cortisol can interfere with the sex hormones that regulate ovulation and  make your period irregular.

Fatigue

If you’re not sleeping well, you’re probably walking around all day exhausted .Plus, when your body feels overwhelmed and is working overtime to handle the stressors it registers, it takes a lot out of you. When you’re tired, you get more irritable and it’s harder to cope mentally with stress, creating a vicious cycle. 

Stress is something that most people will experience at one point or another.

It can take a toll on many aspects of health and has a wide range of symptoms, including reducing energy levels and triggering headaches or chronic pain.

Fortunately, there are many ways to help relieve stress, such as practicing mindfulness, exercising and doing yoga.

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