5 Signs That Show That You Are Completely Stressed Out

Everyone has stress in their lives. In fact, a certain amount of stress isn’t a bad thing, as brief moments of fight or flight reactions cause an increase in adrenaline and heart rate to help you meet deadlines, complete assignments, and move forward quickly to complete everyday tasks.

While short periods of stress can be helpful, prolonged periods of stress can be detrimental to your health.

For many, stress presents itself differently—you may get a headache, be unable to sleep, or experience nausea. Since many people may not even realize these symptoms are caused by stress, they dismiss potentially dangerous patterns that are harmful to their health.

Identifying the physical signs of too much stress is the first step to managing it. If you aren’t sure whether your stress is healthy, read on for some of the most common symptoms of prolonged stress.

Digestion Issues

Excess stress can put a strain on the digestive system and cause an upset stomach, indigestion, heartburn, and more. If you have unexplained diarrhea or constipation, too much stress might be the culprit.

Stress interferes with the way your body processes food—resulting in all sorts of gastrointestinal issues. If you’re not having luck controlling your stomach woes with over-the-counter remedies, consider a center for regenerative medicine, where the doctors and staff use a holistic approach to treat the root cause of what ails you.

Constant Headaches


Do you get frequent headaches? Are you unsure what’s causing them? It may very well be stress.

During prolonged stress, the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and head flex frequently, causing tension and headaches.

A headache only compounds a stressful situation, which can cause this symptom to worsen and often leads to a vicious cycle of pain that repeats itself until you break down or until your stress is relieved.

Lack of Sleep and Insomnia

If you’ve noticed that you’re having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting restful sleep, you may be stressed.

Stress can disrupt your sleep patterns and lessen the beneficial effects of the sleep that you are getting. If you aren’t getting good, deep, regular sleep, then you aren’t reaping the healing benefits that your body needs on a daily basis.

Stress can also prevent you from sleeping altogether.

If you’re counting problems or worries, instead of sheep, you may find that sleep simply eludes you. Insomnia is frustrating, and no one can function properly without sleep. It’s nearly impossible to be a productive employee, parent, student, volunteer, or even a pleasant human being without consistent sleep.

Heart Rate Issues

A rapid heartbeat might be an obvious sign of stress.

Getting your heart going when you’re in a flight-or-fight situation is good. If you see a bear, your heart should beat fast.

However, if you’re experiencing a rapid heartbeat while sitting in the office or waiting for the bus—and you’ve already worked with a doctor to rule out any underlying heart problems—you may be stressed. Some slow, deep breathing exercises or meditation should help bring your heartbeat under control. However, if you’re finding that calm breathing and meditation don’t help, you might need to further explore how you’re dealing with stress—or work to lessen your responsibilities and workload. 

Frequent Illnesses

When you’re under stress, your body goes through many physical changes, including a suppressed immune system. When you have a cold, your body has to decide what to fight first, the hormones that course through your veins during stress or the bacteria you pick up on a daily basis.

Generally, your body will focus solely on the stress hormones or split its attention, treating neither issue effectively. An illness while under stress also has worse symptoms, and lingers longer, than the illness of a non-stressed individual.

More Signs of Stress

There are several other physical signs of stress that your should be aware of, including:

●    Low energy/fatigue
●    Ringing in the ears
●    Dry mouth
●    Grinding teeth
●    Cold or sweaty hands and feet

If you’re experiencing these individually, you’re probably not experiencing harmful stress, but if two or more of these symptoms occur regularly, you should speak to a doctor about your stress levels.

Managing Stress

Often, people don’t have the option of reducing their stress; they must continue to juggle work, family, and extracurricular responsibilities indefinitely. A key component of managing this unrelieved stress is identifying the signs in the first place.

After you’ve worked with an MD, naturopath, or osteopath to rule out other physical causes for your symptoms, consider what you can do to combat and manage your stress.

This is a Guest Post Written By Carl Turner for RealFitBody

Carl Turner is a life coach and a freelance health writer from Los Angeles, California. Combining his expertise for mentoring his clients with his passion for writing, he enjoys providing insider knowledge on how to combat stress and lead a healthy lifestyle. During his free time, he enjoys publishing informative articles on media outlets around the world.

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