The following are 8 signs of stress that we might not be aware of:
1. Easily becoming sick
If you find yourself falling ill frequently, it could be an indication of a weakened immune system, making it harder for your body to fend off germs and viruses.
Common signs of a compromised immune system include sneezing, a scratchy or sore throat, a runny nose, coughing, difficulty breathing, headaches, and muscle aches.
When our natural defense mechanisms are not at their best, we become more susceptible to infections, and these illnesses may be more severe or challenging to treat.
Moreover, a weakened immune system can lead to increased susceptibility to infections and more severe complications, such as pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, sinusitis, and even asthma.
As highlighted in a recent study, chronic and excessive stress is linked to a higher likelihood of falling ill. For a more in-depth exploration of this topic, refer to the findings of this study.
2. Constant fatigue and a lack of energy
Emotional stress can deplete our energy and erode our mental and physical health.
You may experience lack of motivation, a sad mood, irritability and nervousness, or uncontrollable and unreasonable anger in addition to the tiredness you already feel.
Exhaustion and fatigue are signals from your body that it is fighting a battle and needs to conserve energy by resting and sleeping.
Consequently, if our energy suddenly drops, we may be experiencing stress, which should be thoroughly examined and treated as needed.
3. Stomach upset (nausea and/or diarrhea)
When this unpleasant gut wrenching sensation is not associated with rotten contaminated food or beverages, we may refer to it as "a knot in the stomach".
When we are stressed, our bodies release hormones to help us cope and prepare for "attack". Additionally, these hormones tend to stop our gut motility, which over time can harm our gut functions, affect good bacteria in our intestines, and cause stomach upset and discomfort.
Furthermore, this article shows that our stomach and intestines are crucial for our physical health because they keep the immune system in balance by eliminating harmful pathogens.
4. Muscle spasms and Muscle tension (tight and painful neck and shoulder area)
Spasms happen on their own. The muscles tighten, and it takes time and therapy for them to loosen up.
Stress causes our muscles to tighten, making blood flow more difficult.
Therefore, This vicious cycle results in pain and more contractions.
Tension and pain can be felt in the jaw, forehead, temples, neck, shoulders, and lower back. If left untreated, serious injury can occur.
Furthermore, swelling, numbness, and excruciating pain may necessitate immediate medical attention.
5. Frequent headaches that do not go away with sleep or rest
Tension headache – Pain behind the eyes, dull pain around the temples, tension and aches between the eyes, blurred vision.
Migraine headaches – throbbing pain in the face or head, seeing lights flashing or floating spots, fear of lights or sound, desire to vomit, blurred vision, and feeling dizzy and disoriented.
As a result, if the headaches begin to interfere with daily living activities, medical attention is required to receive further treatment.
Two Types Of Headaches Most Commonly Associated With Stress
- Tension Headache
- Migraine Headache
6. Skin Irritation
Itchy, flaky, red, swollen, prone to irritation, and chemically sensitive symptoms can accompany skin inflammations brought on by hormones and enzymes that are induced by stress. Scratching from irritation and scratching-induced skin damage can result in skin infections. Psoriasis, eczema, and acne are all possible.
7. Having Difficulty Remembering Commonplace Things
Our ability to concentrate and focus suffers when our bodies are under a lot of stress. Stress can affect how we approach regular tasks and how we view problems.
Our emotional and physical health can be negatively impacted by ongoing worry, fear, and anxiety. It is crucial to seek professional assistance as soon as an issue arises.
8. Mood Changes
Stress can cause unreasonable, abrupt, and uncontrollable emotional outbursts as well as feelings of anger, despair, emptiness, anxiousness, and mood swings.
Our emotional and physical health can be negatively impacted by ongoing worry, fear, and anxiety due to stress. It is crucial to seek professional assistance as soon as an issue arises.