Stress can express itself in many different ways. You may be aware of certain signals, but at the same time you do not notice others or you misunderstand them. Yet it is important to also learn to recognize less obvious stress signals.
Such alarm signals indicate that the balance between your carrying capacity and carrying capacity is out of balance. If such an imbalance persists for a while, it can lead to overload and possibly even a burnout.
That is precisely why we list below the most important stress signals that you should no longer ignore. Note that these complaints can occur separately or together. Some symptoms, for example the physical, may also be linked to other conditions. That is precisely why it is important to always be attentive and always consult your doctor or pharmacist when in doubt.
Stress keeps your body in a constant state of alert. Your body is not made for this, so you can suffer from the following physical complaints during persistent stress.
- Muscle pain (neck, shoulders, back)
- Ringing in the ears
- Stomach and intestinal problems
- Feeling of pressure in the chest
- Shallow breathing
- Sleeping problems (falling asleep, staying asleep ...)
- Constant fatigue
- Sweating a lot
- Nervous traits
Thoughts and emotions
Stress doesn't just keep your body busy, it also makes your mind run wild. Suddenly it is much more difficult to silence your thoughts, which also exhausts you mentally. Think about:
- Mood swings
- Crying spells
- Panic attacks
- Concentration difficulties
- Less self-confidence, insecurity
- Little to no inspiration anymore
Certain types of behavior can also be linked to the presence of stress.
- Different eating behavior (more or less)
- (More frequent) use of addictive substances: alcohol, medication, smoking ...
- Overly vigilant
- Indecision, indifference
- Much (want to) rest
- Bossiness, critical of others
- Lower performance level and more errors
- Not in the mood for sex
- Inability to relax
- Isolating behavior
Do you recognize some of the above factors in yourself? Then it is high time to act. The longer you ignore the alarms and thus walk around with stress, the more difficult it is to restore the balance.
Therefore, list what causes you stress. Then try to set boundaries and say "no" enough often. Finally, make time for things that give you energy and work on a healthy body. Think of sufficient exercise and above all healthy food. In addition, the right supplements can help protect you against daily stress.