There are so many elements of modern life that can slowly cause damage to your health. However, have you considered the pressure that pure, constant stress can put on your body? There are many activities—not to mention, people—that can cause you stress. Whether it’s long hours spent at work, arguments with family, a lack of sleep, or frustrations with money, these things can pile up over time and make you just feel weak and tired. Here’s how to tell if you’re stressed out, and some things you can do to keep from getting stressed out.
1. It’s affecting your relationships.
When you start to get stressed out, you start to get emotional. This can lead to arguments with loved ones and family members over things that, in hindsight, were never that important. This can spread your stress to others, making them feel tired and stressed out, too. If you find that your emotions are out of control due to stress—at home, at work, or with money, for example—then consider scheduling yoga and meditation into your week.
2. You’re developing pain in your stomach.
Stomach pain can be caused by stress. You may find yourself feeling sick to your stomach or having constipation, diarrhea, cramps, and just feeling like you have a knot in your stomach. This can lead to a condition called leaky gut, which can cause sensitivities to certain foods and autoimmune disease. If pain in your stomach is a persistent issue, then talk to your doctor.
3. You’re not in “the mood” when with your loved one.
You may find that, come evening, you’re just not interested in intimacy with your partner. You’re tired, you feel overworked and pleasure is the last thing on your mind. Consistent stress can affect your sex hormones and increase the amount of cortisol in your body. In summary, more cortisol equals fewer sex hormones.
4. More physical pain.
You may find that your body, in general, is feeling worn out and you’re experiencing literal physical pain. Stress takes a toll on your muscles and bones, to the extent that you can develop lower bone density.
5. Weight gain.
Stress can also lead to weight gain, as some people use eating as a sort of coping mechanism for stress or pain. If you find that you’re eating a significantly larger amount of food than usual, then consider changing your eating habits or speaking with a dietician.
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