Stress can have a detrimental effect on your overall health and cause a number of physical and psychological problems, disrupt your health and well-being and make you dissatisfied with your life. Stress wreaks havoc on your immune system and makes you more susceptible to colds, viruses and infections. It affects every aspect of your life and according to some studies it even increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Every medical expert will tell you the same, you need to lower your stress levels if you want to preserve your health and protect yourself from diseases.
When you’re stressed here’s what happens to your body:
- The stomach and colon are the first organs to feel the consequences, they start to shut down
- Your body needs more blood which it’s takes from the colon and stomach
- Food set for digestion stops digesting and starts to rot away in the colon leading to toxicity in the colon
- Your immune system starts to fight this condition in the colon and can not address other issues in your body
These are the most common signs that your body is overstressed
- Excessive hair loss
We all lose hairs every day, it’s a normal regenerative process of which we are not even aware. However, excessive hair loss can become a serious problem and elevated stress levels are one of the main reasons for this problem. Stress alters our body’s normal physiologic functions and this affects every aspect of our health including our hair. As time goes by and the amount of stress you’re under just increases you will lose more and more hair and if you don’t do something about it this hair loss can become permanent.
- Weight gain
Stress can cause fluctuations in your weight which can be manifested differently in different people. Some lose appetite because of stress and lose weight, while other gain weight because their metabolism gets slowed down as a result of stress. If you notice any unusual weight fluctuations, be it weight gain or loss try to reduce the stress in your life and things should get back to normal.
- Constant anxiety
If you feel anxious, restless and uncomfortable almost all the time you’re stressed. You need to try and reduce the stress in your life, try to relax more and enjoy the little things. Don’t get worked up over everything and you should feel better. If you don’t lower your stress levels soon things will only get worse.
- Decrease sex drive
You might be surprised to learn that stress can affect your love life as well and decrease your sex drive. This is due to the fact that stress decreases the level of your sexual activity hormones and can even lead to impotence.
If you want to preserve your sexual life and improve it try to relax a bit and don’t get worked up over every little thing. Talk to your partner and explain the situation, it will make you feel much better as well.
- Problems sleeping
It’s no wonder that stress can cause sleeping problems, who can fall asleep when he is stressed? People who are overstressed usually complain of being unable to fall asleep at night even when they’re exhausted and the only way to fix this is to address the problem heads on.
Find a coping mechanism that suits your needs, it can be yoga, meditation, moderate exercise, a walk in the park or just hanging out with your friends. Find something that fulfils you and makes you forget about the problems that make you stressed and you’ll fall asleep much easier.
- Mood swings
Elevated stress levels can affect your hormones and this can have a drastic impact on your mood. The mood swings can become so severe that it can even lead to serious conditions like OCD, addictions, anxiety and other mental problems. If you notice these symptoms consult your doctor and start some treatment before it’s too late.
- Body pain
Stress can even cause physical pain. The first sign of some health issue is usually pain in some part of the body so before anything else try to see what’s the reason behind this pain. Elevated stress levels can cause certain organs in your body to malfunction and it can cause muscle cramps, palpitations, ulcers, diarrhea, chest pain and stomach issues. Your headaches can become more intense due to stress, every pain and ache in your body more severe and even cause arthritis. Find a better way to cope with stress or your entire body might start feeling the consequences.
If you’re stressed all the time you’ll start losing patience over the most menial things. You will become intolerant, angry, irritated and impatient. You have to find a way to relax and lower your stress levels before everyone around you starts noticing it and avoiding you.
- You think about work even when you’re home
If work is your main stress trigger and you think about your work obligations even when you’re at home, it’s what’s making you overstressed. We all worry about our job, finances and obligations but when we get home we need to find a sanctuary and relax a bit, not think about everything else. Try to focus on something else when you come home, watch a movie, see a friend or talk to your partner, enjoy your free time without worrying about what’s going to happen at work tomorrow.
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