Are you stressed out? Your body's warning signs that you shouldn't ignore

We all experience moments of stress and our bodies may blame the situation by presenting us with a series of warning signs. Here are what signals our body can send us (and it is our duty not to ignore).

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We all have moments of stress and our body could blame the situation by presenting us with a series of symptoms that we are not always able to immediately connect to our emotional and nervous state. Here are what signals our body can send us (and it is our duty not to ignore).

Stress in our society is, unfortunately, on the agenda: debts, job loss, separations, bereavement but also, for the most sensitive people, less serious situations can in the long run become a source of great nervousness and worry.

Our body, if we fail to stem the situation, sooner or later presents us with the bill and does so in the form of disorders that can involve different parts of the body: from skin to hair, from stomach to intestine, from muscles to nails, etc.

According to the American Psychological Association, stressful situations are not always bad for us, sometimes they turn out to be important occasions that make us grow and teach us to react to all the challenges of life. The problem, however, arises when the stress has become chronic, the person has become accustomed to her symptoms and no longer pays attention to the warning signals that the body is sending.

Instead, it is important to learn to "listen more" and not ignore the presence of symptoms that could be traced back to stress.

12 possible symptoms of stress

  1. Muscle aches: the most affected areas are the back, neck and jaw
  2. Hair loss: if you notice a big fall when you take a bath, brush or run your hand through your hair, it is likely that the cause of the problem is a high level of physical and emotional stress.
  3. Diarrhea: stress impairs the digestive system. When you are too nervous or anxious, your body produces adrenaline and other hormones which, in turn, disrupt the stomach and intestines.
  4. Constipation: in some cases it's the other way around, stress causes constipation.
  5. Psoriasis: this inflammatory skin disease that causes redness, peeling and itching can originate or worsen in case of stress.
  6. Dermatitis or hives: when you are nervous it is possible to see skin problems such as rashes of various kinds.
  7. Flaking or brittle nails: even the nails can suffer from a prolonged stress condition. They may flake off, have white streaks or spots.
  8. Dandruff: stress can also spread to the scalp, causing dandruff problems.
  9. Sleep disorders: when you have a high cortisol level, your body stays alert and it is difficult to fall asleep.
  10. Extreme tiredness: it may happen that even if we do not carry out heavy activities we always feel tired, even as soon as we wake up in the morning
  11. Bad memory: in some cases we can forget where we put the keys or other objects, or we leave the fire on and go out, etc. This can happen because stress-generated cortisol reduces the activity of the brain's hippocampus.
  12. Increased irritability: stress causes less dopamine (feel-good hormone) to be generated and since there is a deficiency in this hormone, any situation can cause us to lose control.

How many of these symptoms have you recognized yourself in?

Since in the long run stress and minor ailments can turn into something more serious, let's try to ease the tension a little by doing sports, meditating or practicing yoga, walking in the green or finding other relief valves.

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