New Delhi: Stress affects your health in a big way. Even though our body can withstand a lot of pain, heal itself, and produce millions of new cells each day, it can also go into physical trauma when too stressed out.

Many symptoms can make you sick – both physically and mentally.

According to mental health experts, the first step to controlling stress is to know its symptoms. But recognizing stress symptoms may be harder than you think. Most of us are so used to being stressed, we often do not even realize it until our body comes to a breaking point.

Physical symptoms of stress

According to studies if left unchecked, stress can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Here are just a few of the ways your body may exhibit the symptoms of stress.

Chronic headaches

According to health experts, if you suffer from chronic, severe headaches, it could be due to stress. Stress causes body pain in the form of muscle tension, leading to headaches and backaches.

The neck and scalp muscles become tense and contract when they are put under extreme stress, developing a headache.

Doctors advise drinking lots of water and other fluids to hydrate yourself, especially during the summers

Decreased energy and insomnia

Prolonged stress causes chronic fatigue and sleeplessness, which decreases energy levels. A recent study of more than 7,000 working adults found that fatigue was “significantly associated” with work-related stress.

Both of these studies focus on sleep reactivity or the extent to which stress affects the ability to fall asleep or remain asleep.

Changes in libido

People undergoing too much stress also experience changes in their sex drives during stressful periods.

A much more recent study published in 2021 on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s reproductive health found that 45 per cent of the over 1,000 women surveyed reported a reduced libido due to stress.

In addition to stress, there are many other potential causes of changes in libido, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Psychological issues
  • Acne
  • Hormonal changes
Studies have said that higher levels of stress are associated with increased acne.

According to health experts, when people are stressed out, they tend to touch their faces more often. This can spread bacteria and contribute to the development of acne.

In addition to stress, other potential causes of acne include:

  • Inflammation
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Bacteria
  • Excess oil production
  • Clogged pores

Digestive issues

Doctors say stress is associated with digestive issues like constipation, heartburn, and diarrhoea, as well as other digestive disorders. It also causes digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

There is also a direct connection between stress and symptoms of IBS, saying stress plays “a major role” in the manifestation and worsening of digestive symptoms

Weight gain

Many people undergo appetite changes that are said to be common during times of stress. Doctors say when you feel stressed out, you may find yourself with no appetite at all or overeating without noticing.

Changes in appetite may also cause fluctuations in weight during stressful periods.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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