What are the signs of stress? Learn how to listen to your body
Did you know that stress not only affects our mental well being but can have an impact on our bodies in all sorts of other ways too?
Here we have listed 7 physical reactions that could be symptoms of stress or anxiety and our body’s way of telling us to take things a little more slowly.
Occurring twice a month in the average person, tension headaches are generally accepted as being a result of stress and pressure
A common symptom of stress, teeth grinding or primary bruxism can lead to headaches or facial myalgia
Our guts become more sensitive when we are stressed which can lead to digestion issues such as indigestion, IBS and heartburn
High blood pressure
50% of us who suffer from high blood pressure go on to develop heart problems and high blood pressure can occur as a result of stress.
Stress leads to muscle tension, especially in the back. So that niggling backache may be an indication that we need to slow down.
It is generally accepted that psoriasis is triggered and exacerbated by stress. In fact, when our bodies are stressed they release a hormone known as cortisol which may cause the skin to become greasy and irritated easily.
Bad hair and brittle nails
Hormones are released when we are stressed that may lead to hair loss and nails that break easily. In extreme circumstances stress can be the psychological catalyst for trichotillomania (the urge to pull out hair).
So do listen to your body and if you think you may be suffering from stress or anxiety make an appointment with your GP and learn to slow down. There are many self-help ways to reduce stress such as attending a yoga class or learning meditation or mindfulness.
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