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6 Sneaky Signs You are Under Stress

6 Sneaky Signs You are Under Stress

Stomach troubles: during stress, we tend to swallow large amounts of air. This results in gas formation, bloating and discomfort. But that is not all. Unchecked, stress can wreak havoc on the digestive system, causing anything from restricted blood flow to stomach spasms, ulcers and celiac disease.

Jaw pain: those under stress often gnash and grind their teeth during sleep. Many of us clench our teeth all day long without realizing it. If your jaw feels tight and your facial muscles feel tense, it could be more than a dental problem–stress is sometimes an underlying reason.

Canker sores: stress can cause the area around the lips to swell and flare up. This happens because stress compromises your ability to fight inflammation and infection.

Frequent colds: stress lowers immunity and triggers the production of cortisol, a hormone that inhibits your ability to fight infection. And the dangers of stress stretch beyond frequent colds. Several inflammatory† diseases such as asthma, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease have been linked to high stress levels.

Skin problems: tension causes skin to produce more oil, thus clogging pores. The result is breakouts and pimples. But thatís not the whole story. A whole list of skin problems, such as dry skin, itchiness,† cracks, eczema and psoriasis have been linked to stress. A Johns Hopkins study even found a link between stressful life events and deadly skin cancer.

Weight gain: If you eat high calorie food in a happy frame of mind, it isnít as bad as when you indulge in stress-triggered overeating. Thatís because stress causes the body to produce cortisol, which turns the extra food into belly fat.

All of this means two things:

  • The relationship between stress and physical ailment is proof of the intimate link between body and mind.
  • You need to address the stress factors in your life, and deal with them. Good diet, sound sleep and a happy heartówork toward strengthening these three pillars of health, and wave a firm goodbye to stress and all that comes with it!


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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5:36PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

I lose my hair when I'm stressed. And stink like a goat (alright not that bad but I sweat more! )

2:08AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Thanks Shubhra - I'm fairly relaxed most of the time. I know what what type of person presses my buttons, but unfortunately one has to deal with them.

I find it extraordinary and rude how receptionists can keep one waiting while they answer phone calls. They don't even know that this is unprofessional. You ask the person on the phone to 'hold' and you finish with the person first in the queue! That also serves to block other potential callers....

I fully realize that receptionists in this workplace lack personal power and lack any professional training - but they repeat officious instructions up to seven times, they give you orders, keep you waiting, and not having info about how to do their job, they waste time flapping around. With one lady today, after listening her repeating info I know and flapping around, I said : "This is not a discussion group - I have come here to register, not to listen to you for 15 minutes"

I was about to walk away imagining that they had lost their marbles - when they finally started entering my info on-line to register me. Once before, it took me 20 minutes to register. A friend of mine explained that applicants only qualify for these positions if they have a very low IQ. Of course their manager is a super control-freak!

1:41PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

I have another sign that stress is creeping in - my right foot wiggles whenever I'm sitting. Whether reading, crocheting, watching a'll be going fast, almost constantly. This means subconsciously my body is trying to relive some of the tension I may not even know I have.

7:29AM PDT on Sep 28, 2013


12:42PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:15PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Sometimes we ignore this seeminly minor irritations, however, You are so right; paying attention to the physical indicators can help us to correct the situation in a timely manner!
Thanks, Shurhra!

5:34AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Thank you Subhra, for Sharing this!

8:15PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013


5:38PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Even though I knew these, it was a great reminder to evaluate my current stress level: I have been suffering most of those and have been too busy to even notice. Time to relax!!

6:08AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013


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