Most people think of stress related symptoms resulting in ulcers or headaches, but there are smaller stress-related miseries that are actually symptoms of stress in your life.
Today, the Center for Natural and Integrative Health presents five symptoms that might show you are fighting stressful events or activities in your life. Although you might be acting calm and cool, your stress might be giving you alarming symptoms such as the ones on our list below.
Not only can the symptoms themselves cause you problems, but the efforts to appear normal under stress cause additional pressures and pains.
1. Hair-Raising Experiences: Stress-Induced Hair Loss
You know that strands of hair fall out and become replaced as time goes by. Do you know that physical or emotional stress accelerate your usual shedding? If you discover you have lost three-quarters of your hair in a very short time, you might be exhibiting a stress-induced condition known as telogen effluvium.
Experts tell us that you can show this symptom for several weeks after enduring an especially stressful event in your life. As your life becomes normal again, the hair loss begins to improve.
With Alzheimer’s disease in public scrutiny, it can be frightening to suddenly have increased moments of forgetfulness. Statistics show that “the more stress we are under, the more frequent these mental lapses may become.” Scientists have proven that long-term stress can actually disrupt communication between brain cells. Just a few hours of high anxiety can cripple the brain’s ability to store and solidify information.
Before you increase your anxiety by worrying about an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, check your schedule and see if constant stress is disrupting your memory ability.
3. Is It Dental or Mental?
Are you suffering with chronic pain in your teeth, gums and jaws in spite of good oral hygiene? You could be grinding, gritting and clamping down on your teeth,
and literally biting down (subconsciously) on problems and worries.
This condition is termed “bruxism,” and it can result in dental damage as well as TMJ jaw and neck pain. Hopefully, you can find an outlet for your stress, before the mental stress transforms you into a dental disaster.
4. Get the Skinny On Skin:
The American Academy of Dermatology has told us, that our lack of serenity and feelings of well-being, can often have disastrous effects on our external appearance.
Stress makes us more sensitive to everyday irritants.
If you have a pre-existing condition such as rosacea, psoriasis, or acne, then you can count on stress to exacerbate it.
Likewise, when you are stressed, you are susceptible to allowing your skin to become dehydrated. Stress just invites the allergens, bacteria, and pollutants to irritate your condition.
5. Concentration and Stress
Studies have proven that brains under stress do not work as methodically or successfully as those who are not under pressure.
Are you having more than the normal amount of difficulty focusing your attention? Do not automatically blame your age or genetics.
Instead, we advise you to discuss this with your primary care giver, or call the Center for proper testing and diagnosis!
Once again, this could be caused by the amount of stress you have been handling, or not handling, as the case may be.
There are many more stress-related symptoms that could scare you into thinking you had serious health problems.
For more tell tale signs of stress, we invite you to check out the slideshow at this informative source.
The symptoms we show-cased today are but a few.
The connections between mind and body are many and varied. The positive side to these ideas is that such problems can be solved or at least reduced, when your stress is relieved.
One of the ways to remove stress is to engage in an enjoyable stress-relieving activity.
Here at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine, we have seen Yoga provide an increasingly popular path from stress to well being.
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our New Monday Night Yoga Class exclusively for our Patients.
Stress Relief Yoga meets at the Center, Monday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm. Our own Dr. Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, who has studied yoga and meditation throughout the world,
brings our patients this calming, gentle yoga class, free of charge.
She will help you learn ways to lose the symptoms and effects of stress.
As always, we thank you for reading our blog, and the staff and physicians of the Center For Natural and Integrative medicine want to be among the first to wish you, in advance, a stress-free and beautiful Mother’s Day.