Stress is a common and unavoidable part of life. But you don’t need to just grit your teeth and plough through it. The body and mind both need opportunities to decompress. While this is easier said than done, the consequences for not giving yourself a chance to relax can be dire.
Be on the lookout for these warning signs that your body and mind have become too taxed with stress.
1. Body Pain
People believe that stress and anxiety are entirely cognitive, psychological phenomena, but this is far from the truth.
Stress can manifest itself in the body in a multitude of ways. Some of the most common indicators of stress are digestive issues, ulcers, muscle pain, chest pain, and heart palpitations.
Stress prompts muscles to tense up all at once and release once it passes.
However, when stress becomes chronic, it can cause the muscles to remain in a constant state of guardedness, which can cause related disorders.



2. Not Sleeping Well.
There are a number of remedies to getting a good night’s sleep when tossing and turning become a frequent problem. However, it’s important to get to the source of the issue because sleep can be one of the first things affected by stress.
It’s not something you should ignore.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 'Stress causes hyperarousal, which can upset the balance between sleep and wakefulness.'
3. Weight Fluctuations.
If you notice a change in your appetite, whether you’re overeating or eating less, it’s a window into one’s physical and emotional bodies. Stress can slow down the metabolism, which will result in weight gain.
You are what you eat
When your body is too stressed, cells don’t get enough oxygen, which makes it important that you’re putting the right things into your body.


4. Constant Worrying
At times, stress can feel like it has a hold on your life when the problem won’t escape your thoughts. Whether it’s work, financial problems or family, this constant worrying won’t come to an end unless you do something about it.
To find a solution, it’s crucial to detach yourself from the problem.
Putting yourself in a continuous state of panic won’t solve anything and will only be harder on your mental and physical health.
5. Restlessness
If you find yourself avoiding sitting still to be alone with your own thoughts, this is a major form of being overly stressed. Ignoring problems will only result in them affecting other areas of the body.
Thinking things through, as scary as it might seem, can end up idealizing a solution.
Delaying this process will only make things worse down the line, for the problem at hand, and for your body’s health.
6. Lack Of Patience
It’s easy to identify when others are overly stressed based primarily on how they react with loved ones and close friends. Those who are stressed out are more prone to lash out or get angry abnormally quick.
Here’s the hardest part about this process.
Finding yourself becoming impatient with others is a sign that you need to sit back and analyze the issue. One of the best ways to get through this is to shed the weight you feel by asking someone for help with your issue.


7. Hair Loss
People naturally shed hair daily, but when your body is under constant stress it can change routine physiological functions. This can cause a greater number of hairs going into the resting phase at the same time.
Eventually, because of stress, the hair loss can be much more significant than normal.
If you begin to notice you’re losing hair more frequently, the source could very well be an emotional issue rather than a physical one.
8. Loss Of Libido
The increase in stress levels affects the stress hormone secretions responsible for arousal. Stress is naturally exhausting and can result in a lack of desire to become physically intimate with anyone.
It’s a complex combination of elements.
Most people experiencing a loss of libido while under stress don’t acknowledge it, which can not only affect them but also their relationships.

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