Have you been experiencing symptoms or conditions that seem to have come out of nowhere? Before you run to the doctor, you may want to do a self-check to see if it’s caused by stress. It turns out the body responds to stress in many different ways and some of them are physical, like these.
- Hair loss - If you’re losing hair in clumps or getting bald patches, stress could be to blame. There are three different types of stress-related hair loss that may be causing it.
- Breakouts - Stress can alter your hormones and this can lead to breakouts. When the body produces cortisol - the primary stress hormone - it signals to the glands to make more oil and oily skin can cause acne.
- Muscle tension - The body can tense up naturally when you’re stressed, whether it’s emotional stress or physical stress, like from a car accident. You may feel it in your shoulders, neck and back or get a sore jaw from clenching your teeth when you’re feeling stressed.
- Fatigue or insomnia - Sleeping too much and having trouble sleeping can both be caused by stress. Fortunately, if you can manage your stress, it’s easier to get your sleeping routine back on track.
- Change in appetite - For some, stress leads to binge eating, for others, it means not wanting to eat at all.
- Headaches - Stress commonly causes stress-induced headaches and migraines. If the body is strained, it can bring on a tension headache, which could lead to a migraine. And it’s also normal to get emotional stress-related migraines.
- Infections or colds - Continued stress can affect your hormones and lead to a suppressed immune system, which can lead to illnesses or infections.