9 Signs You’re Overstressed (And Don’t Know It)

Even though experts constantly talk about it, many people are still unaware of the fact that stress is one of the leading causes of all diseases and health conditions.

It is a really dangerous thing, especially when manifested by some vague symptoms which make it extremely difficult to detect. Yet, remember that it is of high importance to find a way to relax as it is the first step in the prevention of various health issues.

These are the most common signs that you are overstressed:

Sleeping issues

In case your sleep patterns are drastically changed recently, and you do not sleep or sleep too much due to fatigue, you need to make a change in your lifestyle, as you are probably overstressed.

You’re probably overstressed and your body finds the best way it can to cope with the stress. Yet, you need to specify the root cause for these difficulties, if you have nightmares if you worry a lot before going to sleep, and so on.

In the case of stress, the sleep is the first thing affected. Try some relaxing techniques like yoga, exercise, healthier diet, and meditation, to reduce stress.

Hair loss

According to Carolyn Jacob, MD, founder and medical director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, “typically, people shed about 100 hairs a day. Most people don’t even notice.

Sometimes, a significant stress of sort may spark a change in your body’s routine physiological functions, and cause a disproportionate number of hairs to go into the resting phase at the same time.

Then three to four months later, sometimes longer, all those resting hairs are shed. The effect can be alarming. The types of events that disrupt the normal hair cycle can be caused by the substantial physiological stresses on your body.”

In the case of a hair loss, make sure you examine your stress levels and discovered the reason for your issues.

Major mood swings

If stress influences your hormone levels, you may experience major mood swings, with drastic differences. Stress may lead to anxiety, addictions, obsessive compulsive disorders and other mental health issues, so make sure you talk to someone or do something to deal with stress and prevent further complications.

Weight fluctuations

Stress may cause sudden weight fluctuations, as it can slow down metabolism, and cause weight gain, and it can also cause appetite loss and weight loss. However, if you experience some of these without some evident reason, you should examine the problem and try a proper treatment.

Pain in the body

Usually, people ignore the pain in the body, but it is a big mistake, which may indicate a serious health problem. Stress may cause your body to start breaking down, causing chest pains, stomach issues, ulcers, diarrhea, tense muscles, and palpitations.

In this case, the headaches will become intense, your arthritis will be even more severe, and the whole body will begin to ache. At this point, you should immediately manage stress and do everything you can to lower it and give your body the break it needs.

Inability to sit still

If you are overstressed, you will become restless, anxious, and uncomfortable with your own mind. You need to address the issue, face your fears and thoughts and soothe your troubled mind. Yet, never ignore the problem, as it will become even bigger.

Constantly thinking about your job

You are also under a huge stress if you are constantly thinking about finances, work, obligations, and cannot relax. Until you detach from the problem, you cannot solve it.

Worrying will just complicate things even more, and cause various psychological and physical problems. Find some time to enjoy the moment, and stop checking your cell phone, and looking at the calendar for your next meeting. Relax and spend some time with the dearest ones.

Weakened libido

Libido is also affected by stress, so the higher the stress levels, the fewer hormones for sexual response. Stress results in exhaustion and the inability to experience intimacy.

If you experience a loss of libido, you should try some relaxation technique as your love life and relationships should not be affected by stress as well. Even better, open up and discuss your problems with your partner.

Little patience for others

If you have become impatient, angry, intolerant, and irritated, even towards the closest friends and family, you may be exhausted from everything you are going through. You need to slow down and manage stress, as it seriously and negatively affects your everyday life.

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