Signs That Stress Is Damaging Your Body

By Ange Arnal 1 year ago

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

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.


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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.

51. You have loose bowels

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If you have loose bowels, your body is likely experiencing a disruption in its normal digestive processes. It's as if your digestive system is reacting to something, perhaps a change in your diet or stress! Your intestines are working to expel waste more quickly than usual.

52. You have a tight feeling in your chest

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If you're feeling a tightness in your chest, it's often associated with stress. This tight sensation can be your body's response to heightened anxiety or tension. When stress levels rise, your muscles, including those in your chest, can contract, leading to that feeling of tightness.

53. Your shoulders ache

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This is likely a sign of tension and stress which can accumulate in that area. It's as if your body is carrying the weight of stress in your shoulder muscles. Prolonged periods of stress can cause muscles to tighten and become sore, particularly in areas like the shoulders where tension tends to accumulate.

54. You always feel anxious

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If you're constantly grappling with anxiety, it's like there's a perpetual undercurrent of mental stress running through your thoughts and emotions. This ongoing sense of apprehension may stem from a multitude of sources – perhaps work pressures, personal challenges, or uncertainties about the future.

55. Your mental health is in decline

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When you're constantly grappling with mental health deterioration or symptoms like persistent anxiety and a decline in well-being, it often boils down to the impact of mental stress. Your mind and body react to stressors by releasing hormones like cortisol, designed to help you cope in challenging situations.

56. You rarely want to see people

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It's like your mind is signaling a preference for isolation, possibly as a way to cope with overwhelming emotions and stress. It's important to recognize that wanting to be alone occasionally is normal, but persistent avoidance of social interactions might be a sign that something deeper is affecting your mental health.

57. You can never relax

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This persistent state of unease can be a result of various stressors, whether they're related to work, relationships, or other life challenges. It's as if your mind is on high alert, anticipating potential threats or difficulties. Recognizing and acknowledging this mental strain is the first step toward finding relief.

58. You breathe rapidly

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If you notice that you're breathing rapidly, it may indicate an increased physiological response, often associated with stress, anxiety, or heightened emotional states. It's as if your body is reacting to perceived threats by engaging the "fight or flight" response, causing an uptick in your breathing rate.

59. Your happy moments are overshadowed

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When your happy moments are overshadowed, it's like a persistent cloud hanging over your positive experiences. This overshadowing effect often stems from the influence of stress, anxiety, or other emotional challenges. It's as if these negative emotions cast a shadow that dims the brightness of joyous occasions.

60. You are an emotional eater

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Emotional eating is often a response to stress, sadness, boredom, or other emotional triggers. It's as if food becomes a coping mechanism to soothe or distract from difficult feelings. Recognizing this pattern is the first step towards developing healthier coping strategies.

61. You have cold and clammy hands

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This physiological reaction is part of the body's "fight or flight" response, where the nervous system prepares for a perceived threat. Cold and clammy hands can result from increased sweat production and changes in blood flow distribution during this stress response. Your body redirects your energy to vital functions in preparation for potential danger.

62. Your pain tolerance is reduced

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Stress can influence the perception of pain, making sensations feel more intense than usual. The body's stress response system is amplifying the way you experience physical discomfort. This reduction in pain tolerance is be influenced by the stress you are dealing with.

63. Your allergies have worsened

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The usual suspects – pollen, dust, or whatever triggers your sneezes – suddenly become more bothersome. It's as if stress flips a switch that makes your immune system a bit too sensitive, responding not just to the usual culprits but also to the stress itself.

64. You're always sweating

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Stress and sweat go hand in hand. Most of us sweat when we're nervous or stressed. When you find yourself in a perpetual state of sweat, it's clearly because you are living in a state of stress. It's as if your body is trying to keep cool under the pressure of the stress.

65. You're on edge and jumpy

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Feeling consistently on edge and jumpy often indicates a heightened state of arousal in your nervous system. The constant presence of stressors can keep your nervous system on high alert, making you more prone to quick reactions and a general sense of jumpiness.

66. You're always tired

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Persistent tiredness can be a result of various factors, and stress is often a major contributor. When you find yourself constantly feeling fatigued, it's as if your body is struggling to keep up with the demands placed upon it because of this constant feeling of stress!

67. You get sick a lot

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Frequent illness may suggest your immune system is struggling to fight things off. Stress can mean that your body's defenses are working overtime, but still struggling to keep up. When stress lingers, it weakens your immune response, leaving you more susceptible to infections.

68. Your moods are never stable

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If stress becomes chronic or overwhelming, it can disrupt the delicate balance of neurotransmitters in your brain. This imbalance may lead to heightened feelings of anxiety and affect your overall mood. The continuous release of stress hormones can also influence other bodily functions, contributing to symptoms like irritability and fatigue.

69. Your risk of stroke increases

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The continuous strain on your cardiovascular system is like pushing it to navigate rough waters, raising the likelihood of a stroke. So, the longer stress persists, the more it tilts the odds against your vascular health, highlighting the importance of managing stress for your overall well-being.

70. You get heart palpitations

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Stress triggers the release of adrenaline, causing an increase in heart rate and irregular palpitations. This heightened physiological response to stress can make your heart feel like it's racing, creating a slightly scary and sometimes unsettling sensation.

71. Your hair is turning grey fast

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We all notice grey hairs The rapid appearance of grey hair is linked to the stress-induced depletion of melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color. Chronic stress can accelerate this process, resulting in a premature greying of hair.

72. Your wounds don't heal well

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Prolonged stress can impair the body's natural healing processes. The elevated levels of stress hormones may interfere with the normal cellular repair mechanisms, causing wounds to heal more slowly than they usually would!

73. Your risk of type 2 diabetes increases

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Stress may be linked to the increased likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes! Chronic stress can contribute to insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over time. And, it can make you crave more sugar!

74. Asthma symptoms have worsened

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Stress may make asthma symptoms worse, the mental stress turns into physical symptoms! Stress can exacerbate asthma symptoms by triggering inflammation in the airways. For individuals with asthma, heightened stress levels may lead to increased frequency and severity of attacks.

75. Your oral health is declining

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Stress isn't just a mental foe; it's a dental adversary too. Imagine stress as the architect of oral troubles, causing gum disease and prompting late-night teeth grinding. All of these can create problems with your mouth health as a result of the stress you are facing.

76. You cry randomly

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Unexplained tears? Blame it on stress. When stress lingers, it's as if your emotions become a bit unruly, leading to spontaneous crying sessions. It's a natural way that your body releases the emotional tension that stress can build up in your body when you don't let it out.

77. You lose a lot of hair

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Experiencing significant hair loss can be a direct result of chronic stress. Stress-induced hair loss, known as telogen effluvium, occurs when stress disrupts the normal hair growth cycle, pushing more hair follicles into the resting phase. As a result, it starts to thin!

78. When you look in the mirror you look older

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Spotting wrinkles or fine lines earlier than expected? Stress might be scripting your skin's narrative. It's as if stress fast-forwards the aging process, giving your reflection an older look way before your time. It speeds up the natural process which can be detrimental to your health and appearance

79. Your vision is blurred sometimes

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Experiencing occasional blurred vision can be linked to stress-related factors. When under stress, the body's "fight or flight" response can lead to physiological changes, including the dilation of pupils and altered focusing ability. It's as if the stress temporarily affects the visual system, causing intermittent blurriness.

80. Your bone density is decreasing

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Stress can lead to increased levels of cortisol, a hormone that plays a role in bone metabolism. Elevated cortisol levels over time may interfere with the balance between bone formation and resorption, ultimately contributing to decreased bone density. It's as if the continuous exposure to stress undermines the structural integrity of the bones.

81. You've started to push people away

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Feeling the urge to distance yourself from others? Stress might be playing puppeteer with your social connections. It's like stress becomes a barrier, making you push people away as a way to cope with the overwhelming emotional load which then creates isolation as well as stress!

82. You have achy joints

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When you're under lots of stress, the body's inflammatory response can become heightened, leading to increased muscle tension and joint discomfort. It's as if the stress-induced tension settles into your joints, causing them to feel achy and uncomfortable.

83. Your muscles always feel fatigued

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Persistent muscle fatigue is a common symptom of chronic stress. When under prolonged stress, the body's natural response involves the release of stress hormones, leading to increased muscle tension and reduced blood flow to muscles. It's as if the continuous exposure to stress exhausts your muscles!

84. You constantly battle with acne

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Consistent battles with acne can be influenced by chronic stress. Stress can trigger the release of hormones, particularly cortisol, which can stimulate oil glands in the skin. This excess oil production creates an environment that can produce acne .

85. You always have a cough

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When under prolonged stress, the immune system may be compromised, making the body more susceptible to respiratory infections. Additionally, stress-induced changes in breathing patterns, such as shallow breathing, can irritate the throat and contribute to a persistent cough.

86. You're out of breath very easily

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It's as if stress is a heavy burden on your respiratory system, making each breath feel more challenging. Additionally, persistent stress can contribute to heightened muscle tension, including respiratory muscles, further impacting your ability to breathe comfortably.

87. You've lost weight

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If the scale is dropping without intentional effort, stress could be affecting your weight. Stress alters your appetite and metabolism, leading to unintentional weight loss. You may not feel like eating. And, the body is burning excess calories from the production of stress hormones.

88. Your risk of autoimmune diseases increases

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Persistent stress can elevate the risk of developing autoimmune diseases. The exact relationship is complex and not fully understood, but chronic stress is believed to contribute to the dysregulation of the immune system. It's as if ongoing stress disrupts the delicate balance, prompting the immune system to mistakenly attack the body's own tissues.

89. You feel emotionally and physically unwell

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Feeling both emotionally and physically unwell often indicates the pervasive impact of chronic stress on overall health. When stress becomes prolonged, it can affect various bodily systems, leading to a range of symptoms. Emotionally, stress can contribute to feelings of anxiety, irritability, or even depression.

90. You have jaw pain

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The mental strain induced by stress can create a sense of overwhelm, affecting your ability to weigh options and make choices. When stress levels are elevated, the brain's prefrontal cortex, responsible for decision-making and problem-solving, can be negatively impacted.

91. Decision making feels harder

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When stress levels are elevated, the brain's prefrontal cortex, responsible for decision-making and problem-solving, can be negatively impacted. It's as if stress puts a temporary fog over your cognitive abilities, making it harder to process information and reach decisions efficiently.

92. You don't have the same energy as you used to

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A noticeable decrease in energy levels can be a direct consequence of chronic stress. When stress becomes a persistent companion, it triggers the release of stress hormones, such as cortisol, which can disrupt the body's natural energy-regulating mechanisms.

93. You have dark circled around your eyes

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The lack of proper sleep contributes to the appearance of dark circles. It's as if the toll of stress manifests physically, revealing itself as shadows beneath the eyes. Additionally, stress can cause blood vessels to dilate, enhancing the visibility of dark circles

94. You forget a lot of things

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This heightened state of alertness which is triggered by stress, can compromise your cognitive functions, including your memory and how well it words. It's as if stress temporarily reroutes your mental resources, making it challenging to retain and recall information.

95. Noises feel louder

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When you're stressed, everything feels amplified! When stressed, the body's nervous system goes into overdrive, making you more alert and reactive. This heightened state of arousal includes an increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli, such as sounds.

96. You have twitchy muscles

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It's like an internal alarm system gone haywire, sending signals to your muscles to brace for action. However, in our modern stressors-filled world, there's often no physical threat to face. The result? Your muscles, left hanging in suspense, start their erratic dance. It's a biological response to a psychological struggle.

97. You feel nauseous a lot

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If you often feel nauseous, your body is reacting to something deeper than just a stomachache. It's as if your emotions are sending signals that your stomach can't ignore. Stress and anxiety have this tricky way of making your stomach tie up in knots, leaving you with that uneasy, nauseous feeling.

98. You get frequent toothache

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Stress can manifest in various ways, and one common physical response is teeth grinding or clenching, often occurring unconsciously, especially during periods of heightened stress or anxiety. The pressure exerted on your teeth from grinding can lead to toothaches and jaw pain!

99. Your skin looks pale and dull

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The impacts of stress on your body can even extend to how your skin looks, affecting its appearance and complexion. The dullness and paleness may stem from changes in blood flow, decreased oxygenation, or alterations in skin hydration, all influenced by stress.

100. You have frequent back ache

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When your stress becomes more than a passing phase, it becomes chronic, it often manifests physically, and one common area affected is the back. It's as if the tension and strain from stress accumulate in the muscles, particularly in the back, leading to discomfort and pain.

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