5 hidden signs of stress in your body to watch out for | Health
Stress helps us survive, stay alert, and deal with day-to-day problems. It could spur us into action at any time and in small doses, it’s actually healthy for the brain. But what happens when you continue to experience high levels of stress for days, months or years together and you let stressors take over your life with little time to relax, recharge your batteries and refresh yourself? (Also read: Nutritionist on how to manage stress in a healthy way)
Well, excessive or persistent stress can do the opposite. It could dull our senses, affect our productivity, problem-solving skills, and make decision-making difficult. Apart from this, it can manifest in physical symptoms that can cause pain, headache, dizziness, muscle tension, high blood pressure, insomnia among a host of health problems induced by the stress.
This leads us to think about how to recognize if our physical symptoms are due to stress or some other reason. If symptoms like headaches and unexplained pain persist for a long time and don’t go away, you can try taking some time off and practicing relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, talking to a friend, a therapist and work on better time management techniques.
“Your body is giving off all kinds of subtle signals that you may not be aware of. And sometimes these signals could be a sign that you’re under more stress than you think. If you’re feeling any of the symptoms on a regular basis, it may be time to take a step back and assess your stress level. By recognizing the signs of stress early on, you can take steps to address the problem before it becomes a bigger problem,” says Dr. Chandni Tugnait is MD (Alternative Medicine), Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Business Coach, NLP Expert, Healer, Founder and Director – Gateway of Healing.
Dr. Tugnait in an interview with HT Digital talks about the five hidden signs of stress to watch out for:
1. Unexplained aches and pains: Stress can cause muscle tension, which can lead to neck, shoulder, and back pain. If you’re feeling more pain than usual, it could be a sign that you’re stressed.
2. Sleep Disorders: Stress can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Don’t ignore sleep deprivation caused by stress.
3. Frequent headaches: Stress can cause tension headaches or migraines. If you have headaches more often than usual, it could be a sign that your stress level is too high.
4. Digestive problems: Stress can wreak havoc on the digestive system, leading to indigestion, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea.
5. Fatigue and Low Energy Levels: When you’re stressed, your body is constantly in “fight or flight” mode, which can lead to fatigue and exhaustion. Stress can make you tired and drain your energy. If you feel tired all the time, it could be a sign that your body is trying to tell you to slow down.
How to beat stress
“If you are experiencing any of these hidden signs of stress, it is important to take steps to reduce your stress levels. There are many ways to do this, such as relaxation techniques, exercise, deep breathing and time management skills. If you’re not sure where to start, reach out to an expert for support, structure, and accountability. Taking steps to reduce your stress levels can help improve your health and your general well-being,” concludes Dr. Tugnait.