Have you ever heard the phrase “Stress is the silent killer” or “Stress is the root of all illness”? It’s true, stress can lower our immune system and make our body’s natural defense mechanism weak, making us prone to various bacteria, viruses and diseases. Sometimes, we’re able to tell when we’re too stressed, other times we’re so overstressed we’re not even able to see it. Here are top warning signs you’re under way too much stress and it’s time to deal with it.
1. You Can’t Sleep Well
If you notice any irregular sleep patterns such as insomnia or sleeping too much, it’s time to readjust. Go to bed early (9-10), don’t stare at your phone, listen to some relaxing music and try to get a good night’s sleep. Meditation, yoga and other physical activity during the day can also help.
2. You Have Serious Mood Swings
When we’re under too much stress, our mental health suffers. If you notice abnormal changes in your mood – you could be happy at one moment and then angry at next – you could be overstressed. Spend time with your friends and family, take long walks in nature and try to do things that make you happy and relaxed.
3. You Overthink Everything
If you can’t stop thinking about every single thing you’ve done, should’ve done or shouldn’t have done during the day, it’s time to admit you’re way overstressed. Overthinking, worrying and the excessive chatting that’s going on in your head can lead to serious psychological and physical problems. Turn to friends and family, try meditation and exercise during the day.
4. You’re in Pain
Under high and chronic stress, our bodies start to break down. At first, you may deal with minor stomach issues and mild headaches, but as the stress continues and increases, so will the issues: tense muscles, severe headaches, serious digestive issues, chest pains and palpitations. Do not try to swipe these problems under the rug – face them and address them. If necessary, seek doctor’s advice.
5. You Lose Hair
Normally, we lose around 100 hairs daily. However, when we’re overstressed, our body’s routine physiological functions get upset and instead of losing around 100 hairs a day, we start losing 200, then 300, and so on. The effect can be rather alarming. If you notice abnormal hair shedding and hair thinning, it’s time to admit you’re under too much stress and you need help.