Ten External Signs that Mental Stress is Wearing You Down

Signs that you are suffering from mental stress

Mental stress has become a normal part of our lives today. The demands and expectations from us at college, work, socially, and personally continue to increase unendingly. Added to this is the pressure of social media, of leading eventful and meaningful lives. It is easy to forget to slow down in the midst of the chaos of modern existence.

Stress can build up in our system without us even realizing it. While a small amount of stress is good as it motivates us to stay focused on our tasks and goals, excessive and prolonged stress is unhealthy and can have severe adverse affects on our health.

We may not feel the effects of stress immediately, but there’s a high chance that our body is showing subtle signs.

It’s important to recognize these early signs and take corrective action at the proper time. Here is a list of subtle, outward signs that indicate unhealthy stress.

1. Unexplained aches and pains

A person holding their left shoulder indicating that it is paining. Stress leads to aches and pains
A person holding their left shoulder indicating that it is paining. Stress leads to aches and pains

2. Headaches

3. Rapid heartbeat

When we’re stressed, our brain releases cortisol and other stress hormones that cause rapid heartbeat. If you experience random panic attacks or rapid heartbeat, know that it may be a signal of chronic stress.

4. Feeling tired all the time

A form that asks Do you feel tired all the time? yes or no
A form that asks Do you feel tired all the time? yes or no

5. Upset stomach

Studies have shown that children exposed to stressful situations are at increased risk of digestive problems.

If you experience nausea, abdominal pain, and bloating frequently, know that it may be a subtle sign of mental stress. Mental stress in early life can affect how the body and nervous system react to stress. This increases the chances of digestive disorders later on in life.

6. Excessive sweating

7. Sleeplessness

Now, the opposite also happens. For some people when they are stressed, the first thing to go is an uninterrupted, good night’s sleep. And it makes sense. When we are worried about something, we end up thinking about it all the time, get worked up about it, and as a result, our sleep gets disrupted.

Man in bed suffering insomnia and sleep disorder thinking about his problem at night
Man in bed suffering insomnia and sleep disorder thinking about his problem at night

8. Changes in libido

Different people experience changes in libido differently because of stress.

As stress makes us tired, some of us find ourselves craving sex less often than we usually do. Stress is also closely linked with problems in arousal and sexual satisfaction. This could happen due to the spike in the stress hormone cortisol.

On the other hand, some people could find themselves with an increased appetite for sex. Everyone experiences it differently, but recognizing the impact of stress on one’s libido is key.

9. Hair-loss

While hair fall and stress are linked to each other, not all hair loss is caused by mental stress. There are mainly three types of hair loss that are associated with stress.

Young woman having serious hair loss, hair fall everyday because of stress
Young woman having serious hair loss, hair fall everyday because of stress

Telogen effluvium — This condition occurs when high-level stress pushes the majority of hair follicles into a resting phase. It means the follicles don’t produce new strands of hair. Over time, hair falls out quickly just by touching, washing, or combing it.

Trichotillomania — A psychological disorder that occurs due to extreme stress. When we go through this condition, we tend to literally pull out our hair because of stress. Teenage girls are known to suffer from this condition when dealing with negative emotions such as anxiety and stress.

Alopecia areata is a disorder in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss. There can be many reasons for alopecia areata, including severe stress and anxiety.

Some people suffering from this condition develop bald spots, while in other cases it causes thinning of hair.

10. Rashes and skin disorders

Stress can also show in the form of sudden or increased acne or pale skin.

Conclusion

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