1. Headaches

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Stress can put a lot of strain on your body but when you’re feeling particularly under pressure, stress can cause your head to throb. Your headaches will slowly begin to feel worse and the tension type headaches can often turn into a migraines.

2. Shaking

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Stress can can really kick you in the cahoonies and it sets your body into fight or flight mode. It will ramp up certain hormones and prepares your body for danger so it’s like you’re always on the edge of your seat. The result can be that your hands shake from time to time.

3. It shrinks your brain

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We are not joking when we say stress really kicks your ass. When you’re feeling stressed, your body will release a hormone called cortisol in limited doses and although it can be beneficial, too much of the hormone can shrink the volume and weight of your brain.

4. Heartburn

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Stress increases the production of stomach acid, leading to acid reflux and heartburn which can really irritate the esophagus. Over 13,000 sufferers reported stress as the main factor that worsened their symptoms along with eating junk food – which you also crave when you’re stressed.

5. Insomnia

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Stress can get you feeling really irritate, making it difficult for you to get to sleep at night. Just like when you’re suffering from anxiety, you can be left feeling very tense at night. If you are struggling at night, be sure to turn your TV off and not stare at your phone right before you go to bed. Give your brain a bit of time to wind down.

6. Shortness of breath

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Stress is responsible for causing the muscles to tense up, making it difficult for you to breath. If you start to feel panic when you can’t breath properly, you should exhale deeply, emptying your lungs then breath through your nose – this will automatically slow your breathing.

7. It weakens your immune system

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When you’re stressed you will start to feel unwell, you’ll catch colds, you’ll find ulcers in your mouth etc and studies have shown that there is a link between stress and sickness. Your immune system is left feeling suppressed leaving you more vulnerable to the flu and other illnesses.

8. Your heart pounding

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When you’re stressed, your heart pounds harder and faster to help the blood reach your vital organs. People with stressful jobs – nurses, teachers, fire fighters etc have a 48% higher risk of atrial fibrillation, a condition marked by an irregular heart beat.

9. It can make it hard to conceive

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Stress has been proven to cause reproductive problems in both men and women. Women who were trying to get pregnant were found to have a particular enzyme in their saliva which correlated to stress had a 12% harder time conceiving.

10. Erectile dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction can happen to a lot of men but science has shown that stress tends to make things worse by releasing more adrenaline which causes exaggerated conditions. The muscles in the penis stop it from filling with blood and the more the man stresses about this condition, the worse it can get unfortunately.

11. Menstrual cycle

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Period’s are never nice, especially when they’re irregular. A lot of women who suffer with stress will find that they may struggle with irregular periods or that they disappear all at once. Studies have also shown that stress can make PMS pains worse too.

12. It lowers your sex drive

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Both women and men will notice hormonal changes in the body when they’re stressed. It can make a person distracted and sex will take a back seat in a relationship. Experts say for people to kiss the stressed out partner for a little bit longer and hug them more to try to break the no sex cycle.

13. High blood pressure

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Stress will get the heart pumping harder and faster spiking your blood pressure. Chronic stress over long periods of time can also cause inflammation in the arteries which could lead to a heart attack further down the line. A bit of exercise will three times per week will make a difference in lowering your blood pressure according to experts.

14. You’ll notice a spike in your blood sugar

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When someone is stressed, their body will act as if its under attack. The liver will release more glucose into the bloodstream and ongoing stress will lead to sugar spikes putting the person at risk of type 2 Diabetes. Stress can wreak havoc on a person’s body in many ways.

15. Stomach aches

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You know what they say, your gut is your second brain. Stress can adversely affect your digestive system and the hormones released can interfere with digestion and harm your digestive tract. You’ll notice cramps, nausea and other gastrointestinal issues.

16. Your muscles tense up

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When you’re stressed, you tend to tense up, right! So think about it, when you’re stressed for an ongoing amount of time your entire body will begin to tense up, you’ll start to get back aches, neck ache, pains in your joints and other ailments.

17. You’ll get a very dry mouth

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Anxious people tend to breath through their mouths, making the inside of it dry. Stress can lead to a dry mouth and the acid reflux associated with stress can have an affect on your salivary glands, causing you to produce even more.

18. No energy whatsoever

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Feeling chronically stressed causing you to have a lack of energy which can then lead to insomnia. Stress can really have an affect on your adrenal gland which can then lead to other issues. Your immune system will be down when you’re stressed making it easier for you to catch illnesses then.

19. You’ll sweat and start to smell

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When we sweat it can smell however, when we’re stressed, it can cause our sweat to smell differently. Studies show that anxiety causes sweat to be produced from the apocrine glands which is thicker and milkier than the sweat from our eccrine glands.

20. It can mess with your genes

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Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have explained, “The consequence is that genes that should be turned off are now active and this may disturb cellular development, identity and growth,” the researcher said. Stress basically switches on the genes that weren’t meant to be switched on.

21. Depression

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The genes that control our moods and behaviour can cause a stressed out person to become depressed. Stress causes a protein to be produced by a gene called FKBP5, which is linked to depression and bipolar. This study was taken at John Hopkins university on people who suffer with stress.

22. It can lead to a disability

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Scientists have found that even mild stress can lead to a long term disability or an illnesses which causes you to be unable to work. Of 70% of humans studied on, those who experienced mild stress were 70% more likely to get disability benefits.

23. It causes people to die at a younger age

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You probably guessed this, but those who suffer with stressed, whether it be moderately or highly stressed, are 50% more likely to die at a younger age. However, saying that, people who experience a highly stressful situation once a year learn how to cope with adversity.

24. Stresses causes you to crave fatty, sweet foods

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Research shows that feeling stressed changes what we crave. If you’re feeling stressed, fight those cravings for sweet, fatty foods. No matter how much your brain is screaming for it, you should stay away because it will only make you feel worse in the long run.

25. Your memory gets worse

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The area of your brain that shrinks the most when you’re stressed is the hippocampus which plays a huge part in your learning and memory. People who have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol did worse on memory tests in a study done in 2018 – this was found mostly in women as well.

26. It can fuel cancer

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As we know by now, stress can affect the immune system which means it can lead to the growth of malignant cells in the body. This means that cancerous tumours become bigger and you become more likely to actually get cancer in the first place, even if you live a healthy lifestyle.

27. It’ll make you crave alcohol

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Craving alcohol is a real thing, especially after a long stressful week at work. Children of parents with drinking problems have a greater risk of turning to liquor when they’re faced with stressful situations. “If alcohol relaxes you when you’re stressed, then you should try to find other ways of calming yourself down—relaxation exercises, for example,” a researcher suggests.

28. You might start to experience ringing in your ears

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Ringing in your ears is called Tinnitus and it can be really annoying. There is a direct correlation between duration of tinnitus and the severity of stress you’re experiencing at one time. The constantly ringing in your ears can often keep you from sleeping at night which in turn makes you tired and more anxious.

29. You could drop dead

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Heard of “sudden death cardiac”? Well, severe mental stress can cause this traumatic event. People who live through extremely stressful, traumatic events like an earthquake or accident or war, can find it so stressful that they literally just drop dead sadly.

30. BEWARE

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This is just a disclaimer, we are not doctors or professionals, we are just giving you advice and information on how stress could affect your life. If you are feeling stressed or you’re starting to experience any changes you should always go and speak to your doctor.

31. You’re grinding your teeth

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This might be while you’re awake when you’re concentrating on something else, or most likely during the night when you’re asleep. Teeth grinding can be a general issue in itself, but a lot of the time it can be linked to serious amount of stress – because what do you do when you’re feeling angry? Clench your teeth!

32. You’re stuttering or stammering

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If stress and anxiety levels are high, you may even notice you’re stumbling over your speech a little bit. This could be because of a high level of emotions making you feel like you can’t express what you want to say, or you’re overthinking it, and you end up stammering a lot.

33. You can’t get rid of that neck ache

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Stress is always likely to manifest in physical pain, and the most common areas are the back and neck. Having bad neck ache could be a result of you clenching your upper body, like your shoulders, and hunching over because you feel stressed and uptight, or maybe guarded.

34. You’re feeling quite faint a lot of the time

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Stress and anxiety could leave you feeling a bit dizzy and faint because of the levels running through your body. It could also be a result of you not eating a lot, or not eating healthily, because of your stress levels so the faintness could come from lack of nutrition or certain vitamins.

35. You blush a lot

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We don’t mean in a cutesy way or because you’re embarrassed! You could end up with rosy cheeks a lot of the time because stress is literally making you hot and bothered! If you’re sweating because of stress, it’s also likely that you’ll feel very flushed a lot of the time – especially in those cheeks.

36. You’re very itchy

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Stress itching can be a common thing where you start to take it out a little on your body by over-itching a certain area, like on your forearms of legs. This can happen if something triggers your anxiety or stress and it can be a go-to, like nail biting can be for some people.

37. You’re dealing with a lot of burping and farting

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With stress comes a huge change in your digestive system, and that’s why heartburn and stomach pain is so common. With this change also comes the unfortunate fact that you might be suffering with a lot of burping from heart burn and indigestion, and increased flatulence.

38. You have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

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Stress can really do a number on your gut, and one of the key causes of Irritable Bowl Syndrome is actually stress. As a result of IBS, you may have general discomfort and pain in your gut, as well as either being constipated for a long time, having diarrhoea – or both at different times.

39. You’re taking A LOT of deep sighs

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Difficultly breathing can be a side-effect of high amounts of stress and anxiety, too, with shortness of breath being a common thing. To make up for this, you may find that you’re taking a lot of deep breaths and sighs throughout the day as though you’re trying to take in more oxygen.

40. You have a lot of panic attacks

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When you’re suffering with a lot of stress, it can not only put your body in a weaker condition, but also set up triggers that might make you more anxious. You might therefore have a lot of panic attacks from day to day, either randomly or because something has triggered you.

41. You need to pee a lot

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There could be many reasons you need to pee a lot – if you’re completely healthy and downing 3 liters of water a day, that could be it – but peeing a lot could also be a sign of nervousness, stress and anxiety. Your body’s reaction to being worked up about a situation could be to run for the toilet.

42. You’re constantly irritable

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If stress is seriously damaging your mind, body and soul then the chances are high that you’re probably very angry at the same time. This might not be anything you let show on the outside, which is even worse because if you’re keeping it all in, it’s more likely to explode.

43. You have more nightmares than dreams

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You’ve noticed that you constantly have nightmares and have trouble ever having a restful night’s sleep because your unconscious brain keeps showing you scary things. This could be superficial things like monsters and ghoulies, or it may show you the very situation you’re stressing about when awake.

44. You can’t retain new information

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Someone tells you something and you’ve forgotten it before they’ve even finished their sentence! You have trouble retaining any new information thrown at you, even if it’s simple like a code for a door. It’s not that you’re losing your memory, it’s because you’re so overwhelmed you can’t think about too many things at once – and you’re already thinking about a lot, so there’s no room for new things!

45. You can’t make decisions

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And the idea of making a decision will usually drive you into meltdown. We’re not only talking the big decisions, either, like whether to take a promotion or move home. We’re talking the simplest things, like what to have for dinner or which pair of socks to put on.

46. You don’t really care about your appearance

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You might have noticed that the effort of deciding what to wear, how to do your hair or just the attempt to look nice is too much for you to bear. All your energy and effort is going into dealing with your stress, so you’re finding you have no energy left to care about your appearance.

47. Or your hygiene for that matter

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The same also goes for your hygiene habits – because if you don’t care about the way you look, chances are you also don’t care about when the last time you showered was either. Your personal hygiene might be on the backburner in terms of skipped showers, dirty clothes or smelly body odor.

48. You overreact to absolutely everything

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When you’re severely stressed, it’s like you’re an exposed nerve, and every little thing is going to make you more angry than it reasonably should. So you’re overreacting to every little thing. The simplest thing like dropping something or hitting a red light could make you go into meltdown.

49. You’ve become very clumsy

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Because you’re so stressed and distracted, you may find your body is suddenly uncoordinated. Trips and falls might be more common, walking into things might now be a daily habit, or clumsiness could even extend to more serious accidents like when driving or walking on public streets.

50. You’re paranoid

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With overreaction also comes a very suspicious mind. You immediately think the worst of a situation, or of a person, and find that you feel threatened by the simplest thing. You may start overthinking things and setting up ways of how people or situations could threaten you.