7 Silent Signals You’re Stressed

Are you stressed?

Probably a little, or unfortunately A LOT!  If so, you’re not alone.

While some people would readily admit or agree to being stressed, others may not be quite sure if they’re indeed stressed. Stress can result from a myriad of situations. In recent times, the word stress has become very common – a buzzword of sorts. BUT, what is stress?!! What is this word we hear of CONSTANTLY and dread? Is stress good, bad or a bit of both? HOW do you know that you’re stressed or otherwise? Stress is a condition that arises based on demanding or adverse circumstances. It’s a type of tension that could affect a person emotionally and possibly mentally as well. A person who is stressed could feel pressure. A person who is stressed could feel… Well, PHYSICALLY WEAK and fatigued. A person who is stressed may feel anxious or confused dealing with problems or difficulties.

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Yes, stress can KNOCK YOU DOWN, my friend! Also, when a person is stressed, you could be able to see or feel it.  However, there could be SILENT SIGNALS related to stress. Stress, especially in really high doses, can be very bad. So, you DO want to pay attention to your stress levels. You DON’T want to ignore stress so that it becomes something much worse! Did you know that stress has been linked to various ailments? Yes, stress has been associated with heart disease, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, gastrointestinal problems, depression and anxiety, headaches, obesity, diabetes, accelerated aging and premature death [1]. Thus, as invisible or readily apparent as stress may seem, it’s something that you should take SERIOUSLY, and as a result, it’s also particularly important to know the signals that a person could get or feel when stress is present, even the SILENT signals.

Some signals you may feel or get when you’re stressed could be SILENT. Yes, SILENT! These silent stress signals could creep up on you and before you know it… BOOM!! You are massively STRESSED! What can you do? First, you need to be aware of stress signals so that you can take action to either reduce the stress or STOP it from getting much worse.  Of course, we all know that the preferable option is to get rid of the stress entirely, and knowing silent signals that indicate you’re stressed is one good way to begin tackling stress. The silent signals associated with stress are also connected to physical changes to your body. As you get stressed, silent signals may begin to show up that physically relate to your body. How does knowing what these silent signals are help you? Well, it goes like this: If you’re unaware that you’re stressed, these silent signals could be vital in helping you fight stress and stop this from becoming a really bad problem.  So, let’s look at what some of these silent signals of stress are. Here are 7 to be aware of:

#1 – Yes, pimples, bumps, spots and more.

When a person is stressed, acne may surface on the skin for no other apparent reason.  In some cases, the more stressed a person is, the more he or she will break out in pimples or acne. Indeed, stress can AGGRAVATE acne symptoms [2]. This acne may occur in different parts of the body, however, stress-related acne is more likely to occur on the face, neck or chest. Why does this silent signal surface? Well, it has to do with inflammation. Stress can lead to inflammation, and this, in turn can lead to acne.

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#2 – Do you notice headaches creeping up and getting worse?

While headaches can occur for a number of reasons, there are headaches that are particularly related to stress. These types of headaches are referred to as stress headaches. Stress headaches may only occur at specific times of the day or week, such as in the evenings or during the weekends when the body is trying to recover from the stress triggers during that time. You may not experience headaches during working hours or during high pressure situations while adrenalin is pumping through your veins, but rather these types of headaches arise when you finally get an opportunity to relax. Some people describe these headaches as MIGRAINES. What can you do to help? Getting enough rest is a good start. You also NEED to EAT PROPERLY!

#3 – Craving sugar, anyone?

Another silent signal that signifies the presence of stress is cravings for anything sweet. Have you developed a SWEET TOOTH lately? Sometimes, we may think that it’s easier to drown pain with food, especially sweet treats like cakes, pastries, candies and chocolate. If you are working late hours or a many hours a day, there could be a chance that you’re not eating properly. Sugary foods tend to mask stress, pain, anxiety, long hours and other similar scenarios.  Food cravings can arise in response to stress [3]. If a person feels stressed, they may just eat LOTS of sugary foods! NOT good!! So, if you notice that you are eating lots of sugary foods, this could be a silent signal that you’re stressed.

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#4 – Here come the allergies!

There are people who notice an onset of allergies when stress occurs. As people get stressed, they may begin to sneeze or have itchy skin and eyes. If it’s not allergy season, it may be easier to notice this occurrence. Yes, stress could be a trigger for allergic reactions. There may be cases where stress worsens allergies that a person already has. So, if you are itching, coughing, sneezing and have watery eyes more than is normal, you could be under the influence of stress. Yes, STRESS has been tied to worsening allergy symptoms [4].

#5 – Cramps and Stomach Aches.

The body is connected in different ways and the gastrointestinal tract can be affected when a person is stressed. A sudden pain in your tummy? Cramps and a pinching sensation? It may be STRESS! Stress could also make you nauseous and possibly constipated. Some people may also experience vomiting and diarrhea. There are ways to handle cramps and stomach pain that is associated with stress. Perhaps you need to clear your head and get some air. Yes, it may sound strange, but activity could help. Start SLOW and get moving a little at a time. Also, eat healthy foods that can help soothe your stomach and provide you with the ability to fight inflammation.

#6 – Nervous Twitching.

This could encompass several different reactions.  Some people may nervously jerk at their clothes when stressed, while others find that their eyelids twitch constantly or intermittently when they are stressed. Hence, if you notice some kind of nervous movement, watch to see if this is a silent signal that you’re stressed. Such movement is typically involuntary and may be called a muscle spasm. You just CAN’T help yourself when this signal begins to occur. As long as STRESS is present, the nervous twitching or similar spasms occur. As stress levels decline, you may notice that the spasms reduce or become less jerky or forceful.

#7 – Losing your hair!

No, this DOES NOT sound pretty, but stress can be related to hair loss [5]. Hair loss is another silent signal that can be associated with stressful situations. Hormones related to stress could affect hair follicles and when you’re stressed, you may begin to notice more hair in your hair brush, on the shower floor, or on your shirt. The more stressed a person is, the more hair may fall out.

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There could be ways to provide relief for these silent stress-related signals and it is important to seek medical attention if more serious occurrences happen. For instance, you may need to contact a doctor if severe types of muscle spasms are happening. Stress can affect the mind and, in turn, the mind can affect the body. So, when you get stressed, physical expressions of this stress can begin to manifest. You’re NOT alone! Lots of people get these silent signals when they are stressed.

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Rick Kaselj, MS

14-Day Stress Reduction