Stress is the major contributor to numerous ailments. Even it is linked to psychological phenomenon it is also associated to the physiological functioning of the body. It is normal part of our lives and as much we strive for a life without stress, we are always getting into challenging situations that we cannot control. In old times, people felt stresses out when they faced imminent danger and the stress hormones prepared them physically and mentally for running away or fighting the sources of stress.

Nowadays, the stress type is often of emotional nature, meaning that it causes certain degree of emotional suffering. But the body doesn’t know that. The body is reacting the same for both types of stress. Sometimes we make the problems bigger by worrying too much and when the stress is a part your daily life, you might get used to it and stop noticing it. But that is when the health continues to deteriorate.

In the following you will read about the nine signs that show you are overstressed and few steps of how you can reduce the anxiety and stress and improve your well-being and health.

*Pain*

Do you often experience palpitations, inexplicable pain, muscular tension, ulcers and diarrhea? When the levels of stress are high, the tension takes its toll on the body and it manifests itself in many symptoms. That is why you should build up the awareness of the body and any dysfunction and address it as soon as possible. Discover where the pain is coming from. Do not forget that acceptance and awareness are the most important steps towards change. See a doctor and do the tests that are necessary to make sure the symptoms are not rooted in some more serious issue.

*Eating and sleeping disorders*

Many people suffer from insomnia but we don’t consider it as a serious problem but as a typical modern life product. Stress can also affect the sleep. You should find a way to relax yourself before going to sleep, soak in hot bath, exercise, meditate and clear your worries and negative thoughts. The stress also slows down the metabolism and contributes to weight gain or other issues. You should get the diet in check and make sure that you consume healthy food. If you eat junk food, the body won’t have energy to stay focused and perform the tasks of the day efficiently and the health will be endangered.

*Automatic negative thoughts*

You should be aware of your own thoughts. Do not bring your work to your home and don’t worry about finances because stress can have hold of your life. It may be hard for you to realize the problems, but you need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. If you are not healthy, you cannot enjoy anything else. You should let yourself become hostage of anxiety and stress. Focus on positive things and habits instead of your problems and take some time just for you every day. Spend time in nature, enjoy in yourself and people you are surrounded.

*Difficulty in sitting still and calming down*

If you can’t sit still for longer periods it can be a sign that you are overstressed. When the stress and anxiety are constant, the ability to relax is reduced. Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to reduce the tension but to make effort and discover the cause of the stress and address it properly. If you don’t solve this problem and the thoughts and emotions go further down, the problems might get bigger. Find a way to manage the fears and know that no one else can do it for you. Create a quiet space and ask yourself honest and deep questions and remove any catastrophic thinking and judgmental from the process. If you hold to this, you’ll probably find out that the troubles are not that big and that there are numerous solutions.

*Lack of patience and mood swings*

Rapid changes in emotions are one of the most common symptoms of elevated stress levels. The mood swings comes as a result of mental or physical health condition. Every person will experience some degree of moodiness at some point of their life, but mood swings caused by stress can be severe and have negative effect on the daily function and health. Mood instability is often a source of reoccurring conflict between the person and her/his loved ones and environment.
The chronic stress is tiring and people usually can’t handle it and they are unable to contain their discomfort. The final result is lack of tolerance and patience. This can damage your personal relationships. You should discover the triggers and neutralize them. The change won’t come immediately, but step by step. Just slow down and enjoy the moments with the loved ones.

*Hair loss*

It is suggested by a research that there is a link between the changes in hair follicle biochemistry and the stress. The hair loss is one way the body responds to psychological and physiological stress. A short-term stress won’t do that to your body but if it lasts for a longer period of time it may cause serious issues. The dermatologists say that the most common reasons for hair loss are the diet deficiency and chronic stress. With time, the stress can cause negative effect on the hair growth. Visit a doctor and examine your health in order to detect the problem.

*Reduced libido*

When a person is distracted by high pressure, the reduced sexual desire can be a problem. This happens because the chronic stress interferes with the levels of the hormones in the body and it impairs the ability to enjoy and relax. Some of the hormones, that are released when a person is under stress, are responsible for sexual response. When a person is under stress, the arteries can restrict blood flow and result with erectile dysfunction. When a person is constantly preoccupied with problems, sex is the last thing he/she thinks of at the end of the day.
People don’t address the loss of libido (stress-related) because they are ashamed to accept it or they assume that there are other things that are responsible for the lack of sex drive. Express your fears to the loved ones and admit the confusion, vulnerability and anxiety in order to free yourself and you may actually find a solution.

Source > fitnessandpower.com