Stress is known to worsen nearly all pre-existing health problems, including: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, autoimmune disease, mental illnesses and many more. Some stress in life is inevitable, but in our fast-paced world cortisol can easily commandeer our lives until we’re living in a perpetual state of stress, reacting to even the most marginal of triggers. It can also be contagious. If those around you are stressing out, it can start creeping up on you too until you’re wondering why you’re huffing and puffing in frustration. It is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress so you can work to lower your levels and live a happier, healthier life. Be on the lookout for the following signs of too much stress:
- You see flaws everywhere – If you find yourself starting arguments with your family or friends or concentrating on peoples’ flaws, you may be more stressed than you realize. It is common to get caught up in negative thinking and behaviors when you’re stuck in a stress-loop.
- You always feel behind schedule – If you feel like you’re constantly falling behind and never getting enough done or reaching your own expectations, you may be overstressed and overwhelmed.
- You’re too hard on yourself – Sometimes when stress is chronically piling up we tend to turn that frustration inward. Stress can really start shaking your confidence. So, if you find that you are constantly berating yourself, it is time to evaluate your stress level and do something about it!
- You can’t control your emotions – Sometimes when we’re overstressed, we respond more emotionally to our surroundings than usual. Do you keep crying over small things? Are you enraged way too easily? You may be more stressed than you think.
- You’re always fatigued - Are you always sleepy or feeling physically fatigued? Stress and anxiety are common culprits when it comes to unexplained fatigue.
- You have an underactive or overactive appetite – Do you find yourself mindlessly eating? Or not eating enough? If your eating habits have been changing, it is time to check your stress level.
- You can’t think straight – If you’re finding it hard to concentrate on tasks at hand, repeating yourself unknowingly, procrastinating or forgetting every little thing, chances are you’re on stress-mode autopilot and don’t even know it.
- You’re sleeping too much or not enough – Most people who are chronically stressed have sleep problems. Whether you’re sleeping too much or not sleeping enough, you need to check in with yourself.
- Your libido is suffering – Has your libido taken a nose dive recently? If you have too much stress in your life it often impedes sexual function. When the body is in a state of hyperawareness, your cortisol levels are soaring which can seriously snuff out any desire for romance.
- You’re having palpitations – Stress and anxiety can actually cause your heart to palpitate (the feeling of ‘skipped beats’). Have you been aware of your heartbeat lately? Does it feel like its not beating as it should? You may be anxious or stressed.
So, if you’ve been experiencing some of these symptoms lately, it’s time to check your stress at the door before it starts impacting your health! Thanks for visiting EMC