Stress is a normal part of life. It is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. Although a little stress is fine, too much stress can negatively impact your physical and mental health. Here are some signs of stress that can tell you that you need to relax and de-stress your brain.
1. Rash: The presence of red spots on your body, can be a sign of stress. Experiencing excessive stress affects your immune system, and the body begins releasing the chemical histamine to fight off. If the stress doesn‘t go away, allergic reaction, like a rash, is likely to develop. Also, when your immune system is weakened by stress, your skin can become irritated by things it never used to be sensitive to like cold or heat, lotions, or laundry detergent.
2. Constant Headaches: If you noticed you have constant headaches which you have never experienced before, it might be the stress to blame. Stress releases chemicals that can cause changes to nerves and blood vessels in the brain, which cause a headache. Moreover, stress can trigger migraines or make them worse.
3. Weight Gain or Loss: Stress triggers the release of the hormone cortisol, which prevents normal processing of blood sugar and changes the way you metabolize fat, protein, and carbs. And this is the reason why you lose or gain weight. Moreover, stress can cause people to engage in unhealthy behaviors like overeating or undereating.
4. Stomach Problems: Stress can disrupt the function of your GI tract in more than one way. It can cause the body to produce more digestive acid, leading to heartburn. It can also slow the emptying of food from the stomach, which causes gas and bloating and may even increase the number of times your colon contracts, leading to cramping and diarrhea
5. Frequent Colds: Stress suppresses the immune system making it unable to suppress viruses and make it easier for you to catch a cold. According to the survey, people, who experience constant stress, were twice as likely to get sick.
6. Acne: If you suddenly noticed pimples on your face, the stress may be the reason. When you’re stressed, your body pumps out more hormones, like cortisol, which induces skin glands to produce more oil. This excess oil can get gathered inside hair follicles, along with dirt and dead skin cells, producing pimples.