It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it” Hans Selye
Stress is a dangerous and sneaky thing. Far too often we don’t even realize when it has its clutches sunk deep into our lives until we begin to witness its profound effects. Stress affects every part of our body. It puts pressure on our reproductive system, upsets our digestion, shuts down our immune system, increases blood pressure and risk of both stroke and heart attack, and prematurely ages our bodies.
Sounds awful doesn’t it? Before stress gets to be too much, before it gets unmanageable, take control! Book some time off, go for a run, talk to somebody, or do whatever it is you need to do to unwind. Chronic stress is dangerous and can endanger your health, relationships, and career.
Here are 9 common signs to watch out for that might signal that you are more stressed out than you think.
1. Your sleep schedule has gone by the wayside
One of the first things that goes by the wayside when we are stressed is our sleep schedule. Whether we aren’t able to fall asleep at all or find that no matter how long we sleep we never feel rested, sleep disturbance is a good sign that something is wrong.
2. You stay away all the time despite being lonely
When we are stressed out, we often close up and want to stay away and avoid people. Though we might be extremely lonely, the thought of going out or socializing is just far too much effort to be bothered with.
3. You find everything annoying
The more stressed we are, the shorter our fuse and tolerance becomes. If you find yourself snapping on people for no reason or notice that you don’t have the patience for anything, it might be time to start evaluating your stress load.
4. You get sick… a lot
It’s a well-known fact that stress wreaks havoc on our immune system. The more stressed out we are, the more likely we are to get sick.
5. You’re hot ‘n cold
You’re emotional. You just cant seem to control how you feel right now. One minute you’re fine and the next you are anxious and frustrated . You feel like a yo-yo and that your emotions are just right out of control.
6. You’re eating garbage
Take a look in your garbage can and note all the containers of ice cream, empty bags of chips, and containers of take out that have piled up. Stress eating is a pretty good sign that you’ve got a little too much on your plate at the moment.
7. You’ve got no energy to get active
Your gym clothes are accumulating more dust than sweat these days. You have no desire to exercise or get moving.
8. Your place is a mess… like really messy
The dishes are piling, garbage is overflowing (after being stomped down numerous times), and you’re running out of clean clothes to wear. The thought of someone popping in for a visit is nightmarish because of the mess.
9. Your hobbies have become less interesting
The things that normally interest and excite you just seem boring right now. You can’t be bothered to get out there and do what it is that you truly love. Inspiration and motivation have disappeared and you just cant seem to find the oomph to get it started again.