4 Silent Signals You’re Stressed

We generally use the word "stress" when we feel that everything seems to have become too much - we are overloaded and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures placed upon us.

Anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being is a stress. Some stresses get you going and they are good for you - without any stress at all many say our lives would be boring and would probably feel pointless. However, when the stresses undermine both our mental and physical health they are bad. In this text we shall be focusing on stress that is bad for you.

Surprising Stress Symptoms

1 weekend headaches A sudden drop in stress can prompt migraines, says Todd Schwedt, MD,director of the Washington University Headache Center. Stick closely to your weekday sleeping and eating schedule to minimize other triggers.

2 awful period cramps The most stressed women are more than twice as likely to get painful cramps as those who are less tense, found a Harvard School of Public Health study. Researchers blame a stress-induced imbalance of hormones. Exercise can soothe cramps and stress by decreasing sympathetic nervous system activity.

3 an achy mouth A sore jaw may be a sign of teeth grinding, which can be worsened by stress, says Matthew Messina, DDS, a consumer advisor to the American Dental Association. Ask your dentist about a nighttime mouth guard—up to 70% of people who use one reduce grinding or stop it altogether.

4 odd dreams Dreams usually get progressively more positive as you sleep, so you wake up happier than you were before bed, says Rosalind Cartwright, PhD, an emeritus professor of psychology at Rush University Medical Center. When stressed, you wake up more often, disrupting this process and allowing unpleasant imagery all night. Good sleep habits can help prevent this; aim for 7 to 8 hours a night, and avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime

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