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

It is scientifically proven that stress can be the reason for the occurrence of many health issues. It reduces the function of the immune system, thus making us more prone to illnesses and pains.


However, we can’t change the fact that stress is a part of our everyday life. Many things and events that happen to us and to the people around us put a great stress on our body.

There are two types of stress: good and bad which we usually experience from our body, thoughts, and environment.

Unfortunately, when we are overstressed we might not even notice the stress and be aware of it, as this condition can mask itself under certain symptoms.

So, we present you 9 symptoms that you are overstressed and don’t even know that:

1. Your body is in pain

Usually, we do not pay attention to the signs that our body gives until there occurs unbearable pain. So, if you are under high-stress levels, you will notice that your body will start to break down, meaning that you will experience ulcers, tense muscle, stomach issues, chest pains, palpitations, and diarrhea.

Also, there may occur chronic headaches, arthritis, or aches all over your body. So, it is very important not to ignore the symptoms and find out more what is happening to your body. The first step to deal with stress management is the awareness and acceptance that change is required.

2. You aren’t sleeping well

Any change in sleep patterns like excessive sleeping from tiredness, or insomnia can indicate that you are overstressed.

There are some methods which can help you to solve your sleep problems including a healthy diet, exercise, or meditation.Also, it is very important to find the root to your problem.

While you are sleeping, are you having any nightmares? Or, are you worrying too much at night? The events throughout the day have an essential role in our subconscious.

Stress has a negative effect on the peaceful state of mind. Even though age and environmental factors can change our sleeping patterns, if you are overstressed, sleep is definitely the first thing that is affected.

3. You have weight fluctuations

Are you forgetting to eat or you are over eating? Stress will slow down the work of your metabolism, thus making you gain some weight. Also, stress can be manifested with losing weight rapidly. When we are overstressed, cells are not able to get enough oxygen.

Food is believed to be the energy which our body needs, and the type of food we consume shows how we actually deal and handle things. Are you not eating enough? Or, are you consuming a high amount of sweets? Our mental capacity to deal with emotional issues is the base for how we treat our body.

4. You can’t stop thinking about work or problems

In a case you can’t stop thinking about work, finances, and other everyday problems in order to find a balance, there is a chance that stress has affected your body.

So, if you don’t detach from the problem, you will not be able to find a solution. And, the excessive worrying can result in physical and psychological issues.

If you are checking the entire time your emails, phone, and other forms of communication related to your work, it is time to understand what is really important in your life. You are suffocated by stress!

5. You can’t sit still

If you can’t sit in contemplation, go for a walk, be with your own thoughts, or do gentle stretching exercises, it may indicate that you are overstressed.

If you have constant anxiety, and you can’t sit and relax and read a book, it is time to find out what is making you avoid being still.The mind is sometimes known as the worst enemy. So, it is of great importance to manage your fears and anxiety.

The emotional imbalance in the body can trigger the stress. Usually, we avoid some things which get pushed further and further down until they are manifested in other body areas.

6. You have little patience with others

If you are not able to have tolerance or patience with others this indicates that you are being overstressed. If you are getting angry quickly or you are snapping, it is most likely that you are being tormented by too much in your life.

Sometimes, it is good to ask for help and be vulnerable. So, if you find yourself in a situation that you have a lack of patience with others, it is time to slow down and calm yourself.

7. You have major mood swings

When stress levels increase, our mental health gets affected. If you are feeling happy in one moment then you find yourself enraged or crying, there is a chance that stress has affected your hormones.

So, it would be of great help to talk to others and to find the reason which causes you to behave like this. Maybe stress will not injure your body, but can hurt your relationships with others.

Stress can enhance addictions (from alcohol, drugs, food, or sexual), anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, and other mental health issues.

8. You have hair loss

A founder and medical doctor of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology known as Carolyn Jacob, MD, claims that people lose 100 hairs on a daily basis and many people do not even notice that.

A significant stress may cause a change in the physiological functions of your body and cause a disproportionate amount of hairs to go simultaneously into the resting phase. 3-4 months later, all of these resting hairs are shed.

The substantial physiological stresses on your body can disrupt the normal hair cycle. So, if you notice an alarming change in hair loss, you should discover the emotional cause of these physical changes.

9. You have a loss of libido

One of the things that people do not notice when they are under stress is the loss of libido. The stress hormone secretions responsible for the sexual response get affected when stress levels rise.

Stress cause tiredness and inability to have any kind of intimacy. So, if you notice that you have a loss of your libido, it is recommended to try stress management and other techniques for relaxation.


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