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6 Signs That Your Body is Too Stressed

Stressed out? You are not alone! Learn how to identify stress symptoms and how to deal with stress here!

6 Signs That Your Body is Too Stressed

Why Do People Get Stressed?

With demanding schedules and busy lives, dealing with stress is not unusual. The body's stress response, known as "fight-or-flight," is officiated during perceived, stressful situations or real, physical stress. Cortisol, the stress-induced chemical, creates a body reaction that may ultimately increase heart and breathing rate along with tightened muscles. Though small doses of stress may be beneficial (hitting the car breaks to avoid a crash, inspiring to nail a presentation, or interviewing for a new job), high levels of stress during prolonged time periods can be quite detrimental. Long-term, chronic stress may contribute to serious health problems including depression, heart disease, obesity, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal conditions, menstrual abnormalities, and skin and hair complications.

6 Signs That Your Body Is Too Stressed

1. Plummeted Energy

Stress can negatively impact energy levels, as depression may closely follow. Day-to-day functions may be compromised and the drive to keep up with life may quickly fall.

2. Sickness Has Become Way Too Common

Too much stress can impair a well-functioning immune system. With the declining ability to fight off infections, the body starts to reap the consequences and may deal with illness much more commonly than usual.

3. Long-Lasting Headaches

If feeling pressure or a throbbing sensation in all areas of the head or temple region (behind the eyes), you may be experiencing a stress or tension headache. Severe headaches can be debilitating and interfere with daily responsibilities.

4. Sleep Is a Nightly Battle

Bedtime is a primetime to ponder and reflect on your day. Unfortunately, too much stress inhabits adequate sleep related to racing thoughts and constant worries.

5. Picking Up Nervous Habits

Nervous energy can harness or amplify nervous habits. If you find yourself biting your nails, fidgeting constantly, or pacing just about anywhere, you might be stressed out.

6. Appetite Changes

Changes in appetite varies among individuals – some experience a declined urge to eat while others are ravenous. Ultimately, weight changes (loss or gain) can occur related to an accelerated or lost appetite. Imposed gastrointestinal changes (such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) may also affect appetite and weight.

How to Deal with Stress

• Re-evaluate Your Diet

Diet plays a large role in all aspects of health and a poor diet can cause health-related complications and lower levels of self-esteem. Stress eating can further aggravate and prolong stress symptoms. During stressful times, stray away from those "comfort" foods and opt for colorful, nutritious foods. Adopting a well-balanced diet – whole grains, fresh produce, healthy fats, and lean proteins – can contribute to elevated moods and reduce stress.

• Get Active

Staying sedentary during bouts of stress can make matters worse – weight gain may arise and spiralize more stress and unhappiness. Exercise has consistently shown to boost moods along with potential weight loss. It certainly does not matter how you get active, just as long as you do. Take a hike with friends, dance to your favorite music, take anger out on a punching bag, or any sort of activity that gets you up and going. A simple, peaceful walk can even reduce the consequences of stress.

• Just Breathe

Adopt and practice stress-relieving breathing techniques. Fresh air inhaled can help relax tense muscles while fostering healthy cardiovascular responses. Not sure where to start? These methods will have you breathing deeply and calmly in no time!

• Simply Relax

Relaxing might be a no-brainer, but may be tough to actually endure. However, finding a calm and tranquil environment can offer feelings of comfort. Choose places with positive relations or your "happy place" – a warm bath, your favorite chair, or with a "feel-good" movie. Take as little or much time allotted or needed to subside stress responses.

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Written By Christy Zagarella, MS, RDN. Published on September 05, 2016. Updated on September 05, 2016.


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