Stress isn't uncommon, however, it can have detrimental results on our bodies. You may not even know you're stressed out as it can sneak up on you with no warning. However, there are a number of signs that can indicate you're stressed out and need to take a step back and relax.
Not recognizing signs of stress or not dealing with it properly when it comes around can have an effect on your long-term health as well as your weight loss plan.
Before you can take the proper steps to handle and deal with stress, it's important to know the signals of stress.
1. Stomachaches can let you know you're feeling stressed. Since your brain's nervous system is linked to your gastrointestinal tract, your stomach will know right away if you're having problems. The best way to deal with the GI effects of stress is to exercise. This will get your system moving and also boost your endorphins to help you feel better about the situation.
2. A few months after an exceptionally stressful event, you may begin to lose hair. Although it's normal to lose about 100 strands a day, being stressed out can cause even more to fall out. To not only help your hair heal but to also deal with the stress, try eating a balanced diet.
3. Twitching eyelids is most commonly caused by stress. While these spasms can be annoying, taking the time to breathe deeply and relax can help them subside. Being stressed out has an effect on your immune system, so skin issues that otherwise lay dormant can come to the surface, including eyelid twitches. Rashes can also be caused by stress.
4. Feeling stressed out can cause you to feel back pain. Your blood pressure and heart rate are at elevated levels when you're stressed, which can tighten up your muscles and cause them to feel overworked and sore. The best way to handle these pains is to stretch. It's also a good idea to go on a short walk for about 10 minutes once or twice a day.
If you want to identify what stresses you out and how often you're feeling that way, keep a stress journal. Keeping a daily log will help you recognized common themes so be sure to write down what caused your stress, how you felt both physically and emotionally, how you acted in response to being stressed and what you did to make yourself feel better.
There are a number of unhealthy ways when it comes to coping with stress, such as overeating or undereating. Eating too much or not eating enough can have serious health effects and cause problems down the road.
Instead of turning to unhealthy ways, learn other ways to help manage your stress. Healthy ways to cope with stress include avoiding, altering, adapting and accepting the stressor.