Symptoms of Too Much Stress

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Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain caused by adverse circumstances, most people deal with feelings of stress researchers found that 33% of adults reported experiencing high levels of perceived stress. Stress is something that most people will experience at one point or another. It can take a toll on many aspects of health and has a wide range of symptoms, including reducing energy levels and triggering headaches or chronic pain.


  • Headaches

Many studies have found that stress can contribute to headaches, a condition characterized by pain in the head or neck region and that 67% reported their headaches were triggered by stress, making it the second most common headache trigger  Other common headache triggers include lack of sleep, alcohol consumption and dehydration.

  • Chronic Pain

Aches and pains are a common complaint that can result from increased levels of stress increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol may be associated with chronic pain.

  • Frequent colds

If you feel like you’re constantly battling a case of the sniffles, stress may be to blame. Stress may take a toll on your immune system and can cause increased susceptibility to infections.

  • Low energy

Chronic fatigue and decreased energy levels can also be caused by prolonged stress.

  • Insomnia

Difficult emotions can have a direct bearing on your sleep and stress can affect your sleep quality and that sleep deprivation can fuel further stress and irritability. Stress induces a range of bodily reactions in the brain and nervous system, endocrine (hormone) system, and the immune system. The stress response is known as hyperarousal in which the brain and body operate as if “on alert.”  It is this hyperarousal has come to be seen as a central underlying driver of insomnia. (2)


  • Digestive issues

Digestive problems like diarrhoea and constipation can also be caused by high levels of stress.


  • Appetite changes

When you feel stressed out, you may find yourself either with no appetite at all or ravenously raiding the refrigerator in the middle of the night.

Fortunately, there are many ways to help relieve stress, such as practising mindfulness, calming exercise like Pilates



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