Countless studies show that stress is at actually at the root of most disease. In fact, 77 percent of us regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress (1).
We also know that chronic stress increases the risk of stroke by as much as 50 percent. Plus, it raises the risk of heart disease by 40 percent and even ups the risk of heart attack by 25 percent (2). It further affects your immune system, which makes you susceptible to any number of diseases. And the worst part is that while you may not even realize you are stressed, your body still feels the repercussions.
10 Signs Of Stress
If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to take a holiday, go outside or treat yourself to a nice bath and a good book.
1. Chronic Pain
When under constant stress, your body starts to react by breaking down. We often ignore the first signs of pain, covering them up with medications or just working through them.
Over time, however, the pain continues until you can no longer ignore it. It can manifest as stomach issues, diarrhea, ulcers, tense muscles, or even chronic chest pain and heart palpitations. Eventually, your body will simply begin to ache all over, all of the time.
You can develop symptoms of arthritis, migraine headaches or any number of ailments that you can simply no longer ignore. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is not right (3). You need to pay attention to this warning and follow through by reducing your stress whenever possible.
2. Not Sleeping
We all have a bad night’s sleep once in a while but if this becomes the norm, it can be a sure sign that you’re overstressed. And just as not enough sleep can signal stress, so can too much sleep.
While sleeping patterns do change over time, any drastic fluctuation in your sleep is a warning that you need to take seriously (4).