This is how stress is hurting your body
1/13You’re constantly sick
If you are getting cold, cough, sore throat or a fever every week, it may be due to your workload stress and not just your sneezing co-worker. The reason is that our body secretes a stress hormone when we are under extreme pressure and this stress hormone helps us to cope up with stress. But if we are constantly under stress, these hormones can deplete over a period of time. As a result of this, our immunity gets adversely affected.
2/13Your back or neck is always aching
Too much of tension and stress creates discomfort in muscles by tightening them and causing muscle spasms. So, if you’ve got a stiff neck or a cramped lower back after a long day of work, it could be due to encountering stressful situations and not just because of the position you sat in during the day.
3/13You’re getting UTIs
Not taking a bathroom break because you are too busy? Everyone has surely done this a lot many times. But you should not. This is because by doing so, you are putting yourself at the risk of Urinary Tract Infections. When people are under extreme pressure or are too busy with their work, they sometimes put off going to bathroom and thus, have increased chances of getting a UTI.
4/13You are not able to sleep well
After a long tiring day, sleep should come easy. Once you are in the bed, it’s time to relax and shut your brain. But if you feel tired and still have difficulty in falling asleep, it’s possible that you have stress related fatigue. Or if you find yourself waking up and worrying or thinking about things at midnight, it could be a sign of anxiety or depression.
5/13Your sex life is suffering
Tension and stress are the leading causes of erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction can also cause more stress for the person experiencing it. In such a situation, popping Viagra doesn’t help as it is relaxation that you need.
6/13An achy mouth
A sore jaw can be a sign of teeth grinding, which usually occurs during sleep and can be worsened by stress. In this situation, you can ask your dentist about a night-time mouth guard which will help you stop grinding.
7/13Unusual or disturbing dreams
As you progress towards deep sleep, your dreams become more positive, so you wake up in a better mood. But when you are stressed, your sleep remains disturbed, and you do not progress towards deep sleep, not letting you dream positively.
Stress and tension can cause stomach aches, along with headaches and backaches. A study found that people experiencing the highest levels of stress were more than three times as likely to have abdominal pain than the ones who did not suffer from stress. The exact reason is still unclear, but one study says that the intestines and the brain share nerve pathways, so when the mind reacts to stress, the intestines pick up the same signal and cause stomach ache. Although, if you have frequent bellyaches, you should consult your doctor as it may be due to various other reasons, like food allergies, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, or an ulcer.
Do you have ragged nails or cuticles? This condition could be the result of a stress-induced nervous habit. Habits like nail-biting are how we channel our stress by distracting ourselves with what is known as oral satisfaction.
10/13Cuts and bruises
Has this ever happened that you find marks on your body and can’t remember injuring yourself? Well, the chances are it happened when you were stressed. Stress also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers, so that an occasional pain can go unnoticed. Research has also shown that wounds may not heal quickly when you’re under stress.
11/13Chest pain and palpitations
If you are under stress and your body is lacking some essential nutrients, the brain chemistry doesn’t work properly and the immune system is impaired. In this condition, certain foods and drinks have a severe chemical reaction in the body and may cause panic attacks and palpitations. Stress also restricts breathing, affects blood pressure and heart rate.
The eyelids contain a large number of sensory nerves and they are the body’s last areas to relax. Muscular spasms are caused by a build-up of lactic acid. When we’re stressed, lactic acid – a naturally occurring waste product in the body - is not carried away, causing eyelid spasms. This can also lead to stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
13/13Ringing in the ears
Stress is a contributory factor. In its normal state, the ear sends a stream of nerve impulses to the brain which are interpreted as sound. But stress can trigger the ear to send an abnormal stream of impulses which the brain interprets as tinnitus.