5 Subtle Signs You’re Too Stressed Out  

 

Manic Mondays are a common scenario. But if you’re experiencing chronic stress—regularly suffering assaults of stress hormones due to demanding job or personal life—chances are, health symptoms may be subtler and unnoticeable. If you experience any of these signs, take some time off—whether it’s going on a weekend vacation or just a short walk outside during a coffee break.

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  1. Severe Menstrual Cramps

Bad menstrual cramps are triggered when severely stressed out. According to research, the most stressed-out women are twice as likely to experience painful period cramps compared to those who with manageable stress levels. Hitting the gym before the period lessens chances of bad cramps and production of stress hormones cortisol by decreasing the activities of sympathetic nervous system.

  1. Bleeding Gums

Constant high levels of cortisol may weaken the immune system, allowing bacteria to easily invade delicate areas of the body such as the gums. If working long hours and often eating your meals while working, always brush your teeth every after meal. And make sure to sleep more and have regular exercise to help lower stress and protect dental health.

  1. Pimples and Acne

If out of nowhere you’re experiencing breakouts, unless you have sensitive skin, you might be under too much stress lately. Aside from minimizing stress-causing activities, take extra care of your skin by using facial products with salicylic acid to kill bacteria and dry out pimple and acne in no time.

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  1. Sweet Cravings

Your lady hormones aren’t the only reason why you might be craving for chocolates—stress is a more potent trigger. Stress makes the body burn energy twice as fast than normal. When the body runs out of energy, it will naturally demand to be refuelled with high energy foods. As the stress levels increase, the demand for sweets and other ‘junk’ foods amplifies as well.

  1. Stomach-Aches

Stress and anxiety can cause stomach-aches, along with backaches, headaches, and insomnia. Although the exact connection is still unclear, one theory says that the brain and the intestine share the same nerve pathway—when the brain is stressed out, the intestine picks up some of the signal. Because of the said link, managing stress through meditation, clinical psychologist, and regular exercise can help relieve bellyaches.

If you happen to experience any of the aforementioned signs, it’s time to step back and start making changes in your lifestyle. Do something that you know will loosen you up, and always go for the healthier option at all times.

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