Stress, according to mentalhealth.org.uk is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure. In this time, as our lives get more hectic, stress can feel almost natural. So much so that we can neglect to notice the signs of stress.
In today’s post, I’ll be highlighting a few signs of stress that you may be experiencing but don’t recognise as stress. Just because you feel fine now doesn’t mean you are not stressed.
For the ladies- your period is all over the place.
We know that periods can be a bit unpredictable at times. However, sudden changes can indicate something more. If you are too stressed, this can impact the hormonal changes in your body and disrupt your cycle.
Your injuries take longer to heal.
When you are stressed, a lot of things goes on in the body. Specifically, the body releases hormones that can hamper the healing process. If you notice that cuts and bruises are taking longer to heal then stress can be a factor.
You have a constant need for water.
The same part of the body (adrenal gland) that produces the stress hormone (cortisol) also creates another hormone (aldosterone). Aldosterone is responsible for regulating our body’s electrolyte and fluid levels. The body produces less aldosterone as more cortisol is released into the body. Signals are sent to our brain that we are low on electrolytes and thus needs water.
You are sweating a lot.
Sweat is not just a response to overheating. Overstimulation of the adrenal glands from stress can cause the sweat glands to overwork, leading to excessive sweating. If you notice that you are sweating more than usual, keep in mind that your body may be telling you that it is stressed.
Your dreams are getting stranger and more vivid.
Some say that dreaming is a way for our brains to process experiences from our day. Usually, we sleep without being noticeable disturbed by our dreams. However, if you are suddenly experiencing vivid or strange dreams that wake you up, it might be a sign of stress.
Your eyelids keep twitching.
Stress causes our body to be overstimulated. Sometimes this overstimulation can lead to eye twitching. This twitching typically occurs when you experience eye strain, stress or fatigue. So take a moment to pause and relax the body.
Your experience jaw or toothache.
Sometimes when you are stressed, you will unconsciously grind your teeth. This grinding frequently takes place while you are sleeping or not moving around. Remember that stress increases your adrenaline, so teeth grinding or jaw clenching are ways for the body to release the pent up energy. The grinding action leads to jaw and tooth pain.
Do you experience any of these symptoms of stress? I know I’ve noticed a few of these symptoms myself. Common ones for me are teeth grinding, excessive sweating and water drinking.
Let me know your experience. Did you know all these could be symptoms of stress?
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Thank you for reading.