Sometimes, you don’t need to experience stress at that specific moment, just hearing or reading the word “stress” would be enough to evoke unwelcome thoughts and emotions in your mind. Neither you nor anybody like being stressed out regardless of the reason.
Nonetheless, as we all know, stress is an inseparable part of life. From the wealthiest person to the poorest, everyone experiences stress from time to time. In other words, no one is immune to stress.
There can be thousands of reasons that lead a person to stress, such as the death of a loved one, loss of a job, financial problems, divorce, chronic illness, to name but a few.
Despite the fact that stress perceived by many, as the combination of unwelcome feelings and unwelcoe intrusive thoughts, in fact, stress hormones, played a significant role in keeping humankind alive thus far. Without it our ancestors would fall prey to giants animals and other environmental threats.
Going back to our time, stress is the factor that urges you to study before an important exam or that urges you to make a practice to give good speech at an important conference.
However, the problem begins if stress lingers around too long or if it becomes too much for the body.
In these circumstances, stress will start to manifest itself on your body with different signs and symptoms.
Even though everyone has a unique way to respond to stress, in this article, we are going to explore the 7 most common signs and symptoms of too much stress in the body.
Here are the 7 most common signs and symptoms of stress…
Blaming stress for being the sole culprit for headaches would be an unfair inference, given the fact that there are many reasons for headaches from dehydration to air pollution, to a certain disease.
However, scientific studies make us inclined to believe that stress is one of the headache triggers. For instance; a study carried out on both soldiers and civilians revealed that stress was the second most common trigger in their headaches.
Particularly, tension-type of headache is characterised with stress. According to Mayo Clinic: a tension-type of headache is generally mild to moderate pain, described as feeling like a tight band around the head.
Like headaches, there can be various reasons for acne formation in certain parts of the body. Hormonal changes, genetic makeup, malnutrition are only a few of them.
However, what doctors (dermatologists) agree on is although stress is not the main cause of acne, it is certainly a triggering factor.
For instance; Dr Adam Friedman ,from George Washington University, who spoke to TIME said that stress increases skin’s oil production, which can potentially cause acne, by releasing corticotrophin hormone.
In another study: 22 university students monitored before and during the exam period. Researchers reported that acne severity of the participated students worsened significantly in this specific exam period.
The studies and doctors’ views can be a strong indication of a possible relationship between acne and stress.
3- Frequent Colds And Flu
A great number of scientists and related scientific studies emphasise that stress significantly hurt the human immune system. Nonetheless, the subject here is too much and long term stress rather than daily stressors we all experience.
There are many factors that determine the overall power of your immune system, mainly your genetic makeup, diet, exercise routine, medical condition and so forth.
You might get sick more than your peers whose lifestyle resembles yours. If so, you can blame stress and anxiety that make you susceptible to infections (the flu-common cold).
If we need to support these claims with a scientific study; a study involving approximately 235 adult individuals, reported that individuals with high levels of stress experienced 70 per cent more respiratory infections than individuals with low levels of stress.
In light of this, it can be said that cathing the colds and flu too frequently is one of the symptoms of stress.
4- Sleep Problems
You don’t need to be told by anyone that too much stress cause sleep problems like insomnia or sleep deprivation, because you -yourself- have experienced it ( maybe many times ) in your life.
Nonetheless, it is important to underscore how a prolonged stress can deeply affect an individual’s sleep.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America; confirms in an article that stress and anxiety can cause sleep problems or worsen existing ones.
There are also other available scientific studies on the internet that demonstrate the inverse correlation between stress and sleep quality.
Unless you stop negative thoughts occupying your mind, there is great change your sleep will be disrupted during the night.
5- Digestive Problems
Although stress is not the main cause of digestive problems for instance; diarrhoea, constipation, we shouldn’t forget that these digestive problem can occur as a result of stress and anxiety, according to doctors.
There are scientific studies that reveal how too much stress can set the stage for digestive disorders.
According to an article, published on HealthLine, over the relationship between diarrhoea and stress: stress can lead intestinal cramping which can cause diarrhoea.
Not only diarrhoea but also constipation can occur due to prolonged stress. More surprisingly, stomach growling too can happen due to stress.
The relationship between the gastrointestinal problems and stress is attributed by scientists to the direct chemical connection between the gut and brain.
Sweating is one of the most important mechanisms of the human body that cools down the body temperature, as necessary. For instance, your body begins to perspire while walking on a hot day or doing intense exercise.
How about the sweating, when there is no need to sweat? For instance, in a cool environment when you are not moving?
This can happen when you feel under immense pressure or stress such as right before public speaking or when you experience huge anxiety, or another factor that accelerates your heartbeats.
In these kinds of situations, adrenal glands release stress hormones and heart rate increases accordingly. In order for your body cool itself down, it starts sweating.
Put it in a nutshell, it is evident that stress and abrupt anxiety can cause excessive sweat along with fast heartbeats as if you have run a marathon.
The conclusion is fast heartbeats and excessive sweating underarms or sweaty palms are among the symptoms of too much stress.
7- Low Libido
Last but not least. It is possible that during a stressful period, people experience decrease in their desire to “make love”.
According to the American Psychological Association: prolonged stress can make a negative impact on the production of testosterone thus, declining the libido.
There can be many reasons that affect libido. But, studies and expert views tell us that chronic stress is one of these reasons.
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