We have all had to endure a stressful period. You sleep worse, feel embarrassed, are more hungry and you can concentrate less well. They’re all physical consequences of stress. Yet there are also physical complaints that are less often linked to stress!
- Hair loss
When you’re very stressed (longer than a few days) your hair can start to fall out. Of course, this sounds very bad and it is, but know that they’ll grow back when you feel calmer again.
2. More bathroom visits
When animals are in a life-threatening situation, they often have to defecate and that also applies to humans. When you’re stressed, you can therefore have to go to the toilet more often and in some situations even suffer from diarrhea.
If you produce too much of the stress hormone cortisol, it can affect your memory, causing your memories to take on a slightly different shape. They start to mix more and some memories even disappear. This is why it’s often difficult to think clearly under stress.
Abdominal pain is of course a well-known effect of stress, but did you know that you can also get back pain when you’re stressed? The muscles in your back are probably under tension because you need to be able to react quickly to a dangerous situation. Several studies show that stress is linked to back pain. So it doesn’t always have to be a bad posture or a worn mattress.
5. Horizontal lines on your nails
Your nails can also show you that you’re stressed. You probably know the vertical lines on your nails. Those lines are very normal and develop as you get older. But do you see horizontal lines? Then there’s more to it: it can indicate stress or other problems in your body. So do you see horizontal lines on your nails? Contact your doctor.
Stress makes you age faster. When you suffer from chronic stress, the protective layers on your cells can disappear, causing them to age faster. This makes wrinkles more visible. But the good news is: you can slow down this process by exercising.
Stress also has a negative impact on your resistance. For example, that annoying cold just won’t go away and wounds won’t go away either. Your body is in survival mode and has less time to solve a cold. For example, it has been proven that chronic stress can also cause a chronic cold. An annoying side effect of stress.
Love, Skye Lewis ❤
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