Silent Signs That You Are Suffering From Stress
Having an occasional manic day can be just a thing that happens in life, or at certain times of the year. You’re going to feel a little more stressed when you have busy things going on at work, as well as a lot of things going on in your social life. But quite often stress can take over and you might be experiencing daily symptoms, without really even thinking about it or realizing that they aren’t normal.
So here are a few of the silent signs that you might be suffering from being too stressed. If these ring true, then it can be a good idea to take a timeout, and speak to a medical professional if need be.
When you get to the weekend, your stress levels are likely to drop slightly, as you have two days of not doing your regular routine. And oddly enough, a sudden drop in your stress levels (and the ensuing stress hormones), can cause migraines. So if you find that you need to rest a lot at the weekends, and have painful headaches or even migraines, then it could be a sign that you are getting too stressed in the week. You can try to minimize the triggers that lead to these headaches, if you stick to your normal weekday sleeping and eating routines, as much as a possible anyway.
Most women will experience some level of discomfort when they’re on their period. But several studies (including one from Harvard University) have found that those of us that are stressed, will have more painful period cramps than our less-stressed counterparts. Stress can lead to us having an imbalance of hormones, and when it is that time of the month, we have more of an influx of hormones. So naturally, it can get worse for us if we are highly stressed. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always help, and can make our stress worse! So things like exercise, hot baths, and hot water bottle or what bags can help. Take some time out when periods strike, your body will thank you for it.
If you get stressed, then you can find yourself with a clenched jaw or even grinding your teeth. This can make your mouth ache at the end of the day, and you’re likely to not even realize why. You could look for something like a mouthguard, if you can’t take a step back when stress is feeling at its highest. You might also find that you’re more susceptible to things like mouth ulcers, cold sores, and transient lingual papillitis (bumps on your tongue) when you’re feeling most stressed. These can all be things that can lead to a sore mouth. So if this sounds familiar to you, take a look what can be done, and give yourself some time to rest and relax.
Many women can justify their sweet cravings on their periods, and that ‘the hormones made them do it.’ But as has been discussed above, your hormones can be pretty out of whack when you are feeling stressed. So you may have more sweet cravings that normal if you’re feeling stressed. Unfortunately, it is only temporary satisfaction, and can lead to breakouts and weight gain. So it is best to nip it in the bid as soon as possible.
Speaking of which, if you have normally clear skin, and then you become quite stressed, you can get some ‘out of nowhere’ acne and breakouts. Upping your normal skincare routine will probably be enough to do the trick, as well as using a face lotion that contains salicylic acid. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water and otherwise looking after your skin in a good way. With time and some care, the condition of it all will improve.
You may be someone that is such a deep sleeper that they never remember their dreams. But if you are someone that does, you may find that when you’re feeling most stressed, your dreams at night at the most unusual. The reason being is that you’re likely to wake up more in the night when you’re stressed, which can make the recurring imagery in your dreams more unusual. Try to avoid alcohol or caffeine, especially before bedtime, and practice some mindfulness, like writing a journal or doing yoga, before bed.
Does any of this ring true for you? If so, the good news is that there are steps that you can take to help. Hopefully this has helped you identify if you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed or not.