Stress has become part of our everyday voacb that there is a very good chance that we don’t even realize how stressed we actually are. Our bodies, however, know immediately when something is off. But it takes us awhile to consciously acknowledge it.
Our bodies are tremendously resilient and take a lot, but there is always a point when enough is enough, and it starts to give. Nobody becomes chronically ill overnight, and the symptoms are always there if you just learn to stop and listen. Some of the not-so-obvious signs that your body might be chronically stressed are listed below for you:
Irregular bowel movements. We often tend to associate this with poor digestion, food intolerance, or just something we ate or drank. It is important to note changes in your bathroom habits as it is a sig of stress that can lead to inflammation in the gut and a whole lot of inflammatory bowel issues. Remember what happens in the brain can directly affect your gut.
Skin problems. Anything that is going on inside your body is likely to show up on your skin. Cortisol or the body’s stress hormone increases skin’s oil production, causes inflammation in the gut and can lead to conditions like eczema, acne, psoriasis, among others.
Our bodies are tremendously resilient and take a lot, but there is always a point when enough is enough, and it starts to give. Nobody becomes chronically ill overnight, and the symptoms are always there if you just learn to stop and listen.
Insomnia. When cortisol is high, melatonin r the sleep hormone becomes low. This occurs naturally in the morning to help you wake up. But when cortisol is high at night, you will struggle to sleep.
Frequent headaches. Stress is a trigger for people suffering from migraine. Also, some people tend to clench their jaw and grind their teeth in sleep when stressed, this can lead to next day headaches.
Ringing in your ears. Chronic stress has been associated with tinnitus symptoms – a constant ear ringing that can be uncomfortable and also give you bouts of dizziness.
Thinning hair. Regardless of gender, stress related hair loss is a reality. But the good news is that this type of hair loss doesn’t damage the hair follicles themselves. Manage your stress to help your hair regrow.
Irregular period. The brain’s hypothalamus is responsible for releasing chemicals that signal your pituitary gland to tell your ovary to release estrogen and progesterone to start your period. High cortisol levels can throw this delicate system out of whack that in turn leads to delayed, light, or missed periods.
Low libido. High levels of stress disrupt your sex hormones affecting your sexual drive. It is also a mood disrupter if your have ten other things on your mind.
Immunity. Chronic stress decreases your immune function. If you are constantly stressed out, your immune system isn’t going to be prepared to fight off viruses and bacteria, making you more prone to illnesses.
The most important thing to note here is that we have the power to take control of our stress levels. Whether it is a stressful situation or a toxic relationship, incorporating more mindfulness into our daily lives can help us deal with stress better. Allow your body to rest, nourish itself, and receive the care it needs.