Although stress or being stressed means different things to different people, it is the body’s reaction to harmful situations; be it real or perceived. This is how it happens-when you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury.
This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises.
Its is important to note the following about stress. What causes stress differs from person to person.Some people are better able to handle it than others.
Also See: 30 Reasons Why You Should Ride a Bicycle
Not all stress is bad as our bodies are designed to handle it in small doses . In small doses, stress can help you accomplish tasks and prevent you from getting hurt. For example, it is stress that makes you to slam on the breaks to avoid hitting the car in front of you and that is a good thing. But, we are not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without ill consequences.
Stress affects every aspect of one’s life, ranging from emotions to behaviours, thinking ability, and physical health. No part of the body is immune to stress but because people handle it differently, symptoms of it can vary. Symptoms can be vague and may be the same as those caused by medical conditions. So it is important to discuss them with your doctor. But if you experience any of the following, may be sign that you are stressed
- Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
- Changes in appetite(either not eating or eating too much)
- Nervousness and shaking
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Upset stomach,( diarrhea, constipation, and nausea)
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
- Nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing
- Difficulty in relaxing and quieting your mind
- Forgetfulness and disorganization
- Pessimistism or seeing only the negative side
- Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
- Avoiding others
- Low energy
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Procrastination and avoiding responsibilities
- Back Pain
- Eyelid Twitching
A little stress every now and then is not something to be concerned about but continuous, chronic stress can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems like mental problems,Cardiovascular disease(heart disease,high blood pressure),Skin and hair problems( acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss) etc, and thus should be handled.
The best thing you can do to prevent its overload and the health consequences that come with it is to know your stress symptoms. Many symptoms of stress can also be signs of other health problems, that is why you should see your doctor to evaluate your symptoms, rule out other conditions recommend a therapist or counselor to help you better handle it, if need be.