Strange Symptoms of Stress
Strange Symptoms of Stress
We all know that stress is bad for us. We know that it can leave us tired, emotionally strained and even depressed, but there are also many strange symptoms of stress that you probably don’t realize are related to the condition.
Here are some strange symptoms of stress that could be trying to tell you something is wrong:
Your Brain Doesn’t Function as Well
If you are under intense pressure to get something done – perhaps a presentation or very important project – the stress can set in motion the release of adrenaline, which will increase your brain’s awareness of threats, which isn’t a bad thing. However, your fight or flight chemicals will also prevent your brain from working to its full capacity, making it much harder to plan, think critically or think clearly. Unfortunately, this can make you look like a slow-witted, stuttering mess of nerves at a time when you really need to appear confident.
You Get Diarrhea
If you’ve been going to the bathroom a lot more often recently, it might not be because you have the stomach flu or because you’ve eaten something bad. It could just be that you’re feeling stressed out and your body knows it. When you’re under stress, your body also releases a chemical called corticotropin-releasing factor, and this can screw up the proper functioning of your intestines, causing you to need the bathroom with diarrhea more often. Some researchers believe this is so that you will get rid of extra weight in case you have to flee a dangerous situation!
You Get Spots
Increased levels of cortisol, which is released into the body when you are stressed, signal the sebaceous glands to produce more of an anti-inflammatory oil, which can cause acne, eczema, red skin tone and other skin problems until things calm down.
You Strain Your Trapezius muscle
A strained trapezius muscle is probably the last thing you would put down to stress, but it is a more common problem than you think. Pain in the trapezius muscle can be triggered by the regular tensing of the shoulders that many stressed people do, so if you are feeling stressed out, try to relax your shoulders because this is one of the few strange symptoms of stress that you can fairly easily control.
You Get Sick a lot
Stress can increase inflammation in your body, which means that, when you get a cold or virus, your body is less able to deal with it and becomes even more inflamed. This can cause your illness to last longer and be more severe than it might if you were not suffering from stress.
You Lose Your Hair
One of the most distressing symptoms of stress can be the loss of your hair. This happens when your inflammation levels go through the roof. Usually, stress-induced hair loss will not last for more than a few months, and your hair will grow back when you are no longer stressed out, so try not to worry about it and relax as much as possible to get your hair back to normal as quickly as possible.
Your Nails Start to Look Gross
Stress can cause your nails to become brittle, discolored and ridged. This is often caused by your own actions because you tend to fidget and press your fingertips down harshly when you are under pressure.
You Hear Ringing in Your Ears
A Swedish study found that the stress that comes with being forced to change jobs caused an increase in hearing issues, such as hearing ringing, by 43 percent in female study subjects. So, if you hear ringing in your ears, it could be due to stress rather than any problem with your hearing.
Your Body Heals Slowly
If you’re stressed out, you might want to be more careful around sharp objects because studies have shown that cuts and bruises take much longer to heal when the body is stressed. This is because the body’s stress response draws water away from the outermost layers of skin in order to ensure that you are always hydrated should an emergency occur. Because your skin is so dry, it is not as able to regenerate and heal as it usually would be.
You Have Stomach Pains
The chemicals released as part of the stress response can play havoc with your digestive tract leaving to stomach aches, a need to vomit and even weight gain as your digestive system tries to hold on to as many calories as possible in its frazzled state.
If you are experiencing any of these or the more common symptoms of stress, you owe it to yourself to get help and sort out the problem. A good doctor or therapist will be able to help you with that.