Stress is the body’s reaction to environmental changes that require some sort of adaptation or response. Stress is a normal, unavoidable part of daily life. At any given time, we can experience good stress (e.g., getting a new job you were hoping for) or bad stress (e.g., constantly worrying about whether the people around you have a communicable disease), but both types require us to respond.
Although we may not always know when we are stressed out, we can look to our body to give us valuable clues. Have you ever noticed that during times of stress you may feel physically different than when you’re relaxed? That’s because our body undergoes many physiological changes during stressful periods. When the stressful situation passes, our body goes back to normal and we go about our day. However, when we experience repeated or constant stressors, we can get to a point where our body doesn’t go back to its normal functioning. This can cause us problems because being in a constant state of stress is bad for us mentally, physically, and emotionally.
It is important to recognize physical changes in our body that let us know we are experiencing something we find stressful. If you can’t stop your mind from worrying and are having trouble concentrating or sleeping, you are likely experiencing stress. Below are some less obvious indicators that can also be a sign of being stressed out:
*Note: Some of these symptoms can also be signs of a medical condition. Check with your physician to learn more.