Your Stress Level Is High If You Notice These Body Changes
The hustle is real and some days it doesn’t just get better so it is normal for us to get stressed out. It is now like an unavoidable part of our lives. The pressure to deliver, meet deadlines, make money or even make that stellar business presentation can wear you down.
When the stress builds up it is sometimes necessary to step away from it and relieve yourself of it. But stress has become a part your daily life so how can you tell when it has peaked to a worrisome level.
There are some stress signals you may not even notice or associate with stress. Any unusual change in your body may just be as a result of your overworking yourself.
- Weight Gain
It is not unusual to associate weight loss with stress. We tend to associate weight gain for when one is happy and satisfied. However, both weight loss and weight gain can be indicators of stress. Research shows that short-term stress shuts down our desire to eat due to the release of a hormone called corticotropin. But if that stressor doesn’t go away, our body reacts in a different way with the release of cortisol. Instead of suppressing every urge that’s not considered vital to our immediate survival, cortisol increases our motivation. That, unfortunately, increases our motivation to eat, too, and the higher our cortisol levels get, the more motivated we are.
This is why some people rely a lot on comfort food when stressed out and yes comfort food are usually sweet and food with high caloric content.
- Sighing A Lot
We all sigh. No matter how you may want to deny it, we actually do sigh. When you are stressed out, you may sigh more regularly than usual that it now becomes noticeable to you and your neighbor. You may even be sighing now as you read this.
- Skin Issues
I doubt we can ever prove how our skin reflects what goes on inside our body, psychologically or otherwise. The hormones and substances released by a body in a state of stress can impact the skin in a huge number of ways. If you’re in a state of high stress, physical wounds and damage to your skin will heal more slowly than they normally would.
Highly stressed people are likely to find their skin is more sensitive to painful stimuli like hot and cold, and stress might also make conditions like psoriasis, acne, rashes, rosacea, and eczema worse. Hair loss and the skin condition alopecia has also been linked to high-stress periods in life, particularly those that have to deal with an upheaval in family relationships. You might also find yourself suffering from chronic dry skin, too, as stress hormones have been found to negatively impact the skin’s natural moisture balance.
- Severe Allergic Attacks
If you’re experiencing an allergy attack that’s more severe than you’re used to, part of that might be due to your stress levels.
Researchers found that not only were initial allergic reactions worse in people experiencing high levels of stress, but they also found those reactions tended to last longer and remain much worse. The study’s authors said they linked the body’s increased reactions to the production of a stress hormone called catecholamines, along with increased levels of a protein called interleukin-6. The protein is related to one of the body’s common responses to allergies: inflammation. The longer the stressor is in place, the more the body reacts and the longer — and more powerful — an allergic reaction will be.
You should learn and observe your body habits. Yes! even our bodies have an accustomed habit. So when the norm isn’t normal again then maybe you need to chill, meditate, and manage your stress. Hormonal changes like pimples on the forehead, excessive secretion of sweat and irregular menstrual flow can all be indicators of stress.
It may not be easy but we need to learn how to cope and manage pressure. And we need to eat healthy and exercise regularly.