We all feel stressed out at some point or other. It is a regular part of our life and there is nothing to be worried about. We sleep over it and feel completely refreshed the next morning. Or we may hang out with our friend over the weekend, have a couple of drinks, watch a movie, go shopping and then we are again charged up for the next week. All of this is very normal but when should we actually worry.
If our stress continues for days on end without any particular relief and also affects our health and well-being, it is called chronic stress.
How to understand if you are facing chronic stress?
Chronic stress is very daunting and there are a number of psychological and physical symptoms that a person has to cope up with. Here are the red flags for you to look out for:
- Extreme irritation
- Continued fatigue
- Insomnia/disturbed sleep
- Poor memory
- Digestive problem
- Feeling lost and worthless
- Lost libido
- Frequent illness
While these are some common signs and symptoms that people having chronic stress face, if untreated they may develop into serious health conditions in later stages of life.
Effects on Health Due to Chronic Stress:
Our health can be severely affected if we are facing stress over a long period without any improvements.
High Blood Pressure –
Hypertension can develop over the years if chronic stress goes untreated. This might lead to other cardiovascular diseases, sudden heart attacks, abnormal heart rates, and stroke.
Eating disorders –
One of the risk factors of eating disorders is chronic stress and depression. Binge-eating, bulimia or anorexia can pose serious threats to your health besides obesity.
Menstrual problems –
Incessant stress leads to the release of hormones that may interfere with your menstrual cycle.
Sexual dysfunction –
If your sex life is on the rocks, it might be due to your constant stress. Impotency, premature ejaculation, decreased libido are all the consequences of chronic stress.
Gastrointestinal problems –
Stress impacts every part of your health. It causes severe gastrointestinal disorders like GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon.
Hair and skin problems -
If you are constantly having acne breakouts, chances are you might be suffering from chronic stress. It also leads to other skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis or permanent hair loss
You must recognize these signs and symptoms so that you can visit a doctor to manage your stress well. It is important that you avoid the triggers of stress and indulge in regular physical activity while also eating healthy. Sleep well to keep stress at bay.