Can you remember the last time you were completely stress-free? Chances are you won’t be able to. Given how fast-paced life has become today, even kindergartners have started to look worn out – those ABCs and simple additions won’t learn by themselves now, will they? Each time you are stressed out, your body gives out numerous signals that may slip your mind (Because duh! You are stressed out!). But this shouldn’t be the case. Here are 6 signs that maybe your body’s way of asking you to take a break.
Headaches Are Your Close Companions
Are you slightly comforted by the fact that you won’t have to die alone because your headaches accompany you everywhere? A constant headache, especially around your temples, can be closely linked to a weak heart or an unhealthy lifestyle. Insomnia, working overtime, skipping meals, lack of exercise, are all factors that could trigger headaches. Consult your doctor to figure out the exact reason behind your headaches and make necessary changes to put an end to them.
You Are Out Of Sick Leaves
Are you on a first name basis with your doctor? Does the receptionist at the clinic recognize your voice as soon as you ring to get an appointment? How about you back down for a second and analyze why you keep feeling sick all the time? Your body secretes a stress hormone called ‘cortisol’ whenever you are under pressure. Though cortisol can help out during occasional stress-out sessions, it becomes helpless if you are perpetually stressed. Your immunity takes a toll when the cortisol in your body stops working, leading to frequent bouts of fever, sore throats and cough.
Your Mouth Is Drier Than The Sahara
Dryness of mouth is something many people who are stressed out can relate to. When you are under a lot of pressure, your body diverts blood and other body fluids that supply oxygen, sugar, and nutrients to speed up your cardiac and respiratory systems. This results in the lack of blood in the necessary areas of the body, resulting in reducing the flow of saliva in your mouth, making it dry.
Menstrual Cramps Make Your Life Hell
Yes, every woman goes through menstrual cramps once a while. But if you are not used to cramping up during your period and suddenly go through menstrual cramps that are can suck out your souls faster than the dementors, you may have a stress problem. This happens because stress leads to sudden hormonal imbalance that could cause severe stomach cramps and spasms.
Dreams That Weird You Out
Your dreams play huge part in interpreting your mental and physical well-being. Most of your dreams are closely linked to your subconscious and pop up when you are fast asleep. Studies say that your dreams are positive when you sleep better, causing you to wake up in a good mood the next day. But you tend to sleep less when stressed out and unpleasant imagery to slips in while you sleep, making your dreams seem strange and confusing.
Unusual Sugar Cravings
A stressed-out mind and body triggers you to reach out for more chocolate than you usually treat yourself to. Studies show how people who are under a lot of pressure find solace in sweet treats and junk food, leading to sudden weight gain, which in turn would stress them out even more.