We all experience stress and no one can escape that. But do you remember the time when you feel all stressed out? Can you remember how your body reacted?
Read on to find out if stress is taking over you — and what you can do to combat the effects.
Experts says that stress can shrink the size of the hippocampus, which is known to be responsible for some of your memories. But it usually return to its normal size once your stress level return to normal.
To combat this experts advised that you should engage in exercise to keep your brain sharp and prepare yourselves in handling stress.
2. Lack of Focus
Experts stated that stress causes distraction and lack of focus. Just simple as it may seem like when you can’t decide what to cook for dinner, what to wear for work or just doing a simple ordinary routine, you are stressed. She added that stress hormones lodge longest in the brain.
In order to bring back focus, try to take a walk. You can remove stress by exercising large muscle groups like the legs.
Walk out in the light (natural sunlight) and you’ll be able to reset your natural rhythm while you remove stress. Sunlight can help your body release serotonin to improve the mood, and vitamin D to help you improve your immune system—a great perk. Through this she said you will gain back your clarity.
3. Hair Loss
When you are under emotional or physical stress your hair loss can speed up to the normal 100 hairs shedding a day. This hair loss induced by stress however does not happen right away and if this happens this condition often improves after six to eight months.
Feeling sleepy or sluggish? According to Mandel it could also mean stress. Mandel stated that stress hormones cause our body to surge with adrenaline and then into sleepiness. Stress can also ruin the quality of sleep that result in waking up tired and irritable.
It is advisable to go to bed earlier or catch a 30-minute nap midday and don’t feel guilty about doing so.
5. Skin Issue
When you are stressed out your existing skin problems and condition can worsen. Examples of this includes acne, psoriasis, rosacea etc.
Experts explains that teeth grinding at night or during the day can be a sign of stress most especially for women. She further stated that slacking off on dental hygiene is the first way to get cavities, but stress can also be the cause.
Teeth grinding may lead to a bad habit that can erode dental work that will damage your teeth and making them more susceptible to cavities. If the teeth grinding is severe you might as well see a dentist about getting a mouth guard.
7. Substance Abuse
For those individuals who have abstained from substance and alcohol abuse stress can play a role to a relapse. When you are feeling stress out you’re more likely to turn to alcohol and drugs.
Experts stated that stress can upset our stomach and nausea can be one of its effect due to excessive worrying. It’s normal to worry about our health or a loved one’s but became obsessed about it is unhealthy.
You might try this trick if your anxiety is causing nausea: Let tepid water run over your fingers this is believed to keep nausea at bay.
9. Eye Twitching
Eye Twitching can also be triggered by stress. Debbie Mandel, MA, a stress and wellness expert says that “This condition is known as blepharospasm (not to be confused with Benign Essential Blepharospasm—a form of dystonia).
Mandel also suggested that to closed our eyes and visualizing our happiest place on earth will be a great help. Especially if your eyes get stressed from detailed work at the computer, you can ‘stretch’ them every 20 minutes by looking out the window at a larger landscape or a clear space. If there’s no available view just close your eyes and imagine a panorama.