It’s truly fascinating how our body communicates with our brain. It tells us when we’re tired, happy, in pain or stressed. But sometimes we misread the signals it’s trying to send, mistaking it for something else. Like stress for example.
Many of us are sadly so used to being stressed that we often don’t stop to listen before we are at the breaking point. The first step to control stress is to recognize the symptoms, which isn’t always that easy.
Here are some unusual signs of stress;
Can’t seem to remember what was just said in a meeting or you forget the little things here and there? Memory loss can be a direct link to stress and occurs because the hippocampus is exposed (the area of the brain that controls your short-term memory), to excessive levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Severe stress can cause the body’s immune system to attack the hair follicles, causing hair loss. This is called Alopecia areata and can last up to three months after a stressful period.
Can’t beat the cold?
When you’re stressed your body reacts more severely to viruses and your immune system is weakened, making it harder to get rid of a cold.
When you’re stressed you tighten your muscles – sometimes without knowing it, which results in being sore. That’s especially normal around the neck and back.
Nails, like the rest of your body, is not immune to stress. The effect of stress can be shown on your nails by having horizontal ridges.
So, what can we do about this? First of all, the obvious; try to not stress. Find some time every day for yourself where you do something that feels good and makes you happy. Try to say no to things from time to time and most importantly; listen to your body. It reveals everything about our overall health and it would be wise to listen!
By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred