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Quiet Clues You Are Over Stressed

After particularly busy days, we can easily identify that we feel stressed. However, many of us are chronically over stressed every day, without even realizing it. Take a look at these silent clues to see if stress has become a normal part of your life.

Weekend Headaches

If you regularly find yourself with weekend headaches or migraines, it could be a sign that you are too stressed during your week. The headaches happen because there is a sudden drop in your stress levels.

Painful Menstrual Cramps

This sign is one for the ladies. Women who are the most stressed out are more than twice as likely to experience painful menstrual cramps. This is because your hormones have become imbalanced due to your stress levels. If this relates to you, try going to the gym more often. Working out can help decrease stress and cramps – a win-win.

Sore Mouth

If you wake up with a sore jaw or aching mouth, it could be a telltale sign that you were grinding your teeth while you slept. Teeth grinding is usually worse when individuals are under more stress. To help this problem, try decreasing your day time stress levels and investing in a nighttime mouth guard.

Weird Dreams or Nightmares

Bedtime is a time for rest. However, when you stress all day long, you are bound to take that stress with you to bed. Stress during your sleeping time can manifest itself as weird dreams, nightmares, and even frequent night wakings. You can lessen the amount of stress that follows you to bed by cutting caffeine and alcohol several hours before bed and through journaling your thoughts before turning off the light.

Acne

Stress causes acne to pop up for two reasons. First of all, stress causes imbalanced hormones, which can cause random breakouts. Stress also makes individuals prone to eating more sweets. Too much sugar in your diet can also cause an acne flare-up.

Stomachaches

Stress can even manifest itself into actual stomach pain and even neck and back pain. Prevention.com says, “One study of 1,953 men and women found that those experiencing the highest levels of stress were more than three times as likely to have abdominal pain as their more-relaxed counterparts.” The theory is that the mind and intestines react the same way to stress.

If you experience any of these stress signs, then it is time to slow down and learn how to release some of this stress. Chronic stress is not healthy and can have huge negative impacts on your health.

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