6 Signs That You're Stressed Out

6 Signs That You're Stressed Out

Constantly adding items to your to-do list can lead to a massive headache, anxiety and loss of sleep. In short, there’s a good chance that you’ll be stressed. But your body will do its job to let your brain know if the stress is getting to be too much for it to handle. Suffering from one of the symptoms below doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re stressed out, but collectively these symptoms become a red flag. Read through each stress sign, followed by an easy way to combat it after the jump.

1. An Increase in Nervous Habits – Many of us bite our nails or tap our feet, and don’t think twice about these odd habits. But if you increasingly find yourself biting your lip when something troublesome comes up, or especially if you have just started to pick up one of these nervous habits, you might be dealing with some extra stress in your life. If you feel like biting your nails when a problem comes up, take a deep breathe and have a glass of water. Find a healthy habit to get your mind off of the nervous habit and the stress.
2. Bizarre Dreams – One clear sign that you’re stressed is if you have trouble falling asleep. However, another telltale sign is if you have odd dreams, in which you feel scared or anxious. Sometimes the dreams can even mimic a lifelike situation, such as being late for an important meeting at work. This might mean that your sub-conscience might actually be worrying about this occurrence as well. One way to avoid strange dreams is to get your mind off of anything stressful before you hit the hay. Watch a comedy show, have a glass of warm milk, then begin to decompress.
3. Sudden Breakouts – Stress increases inflammation that can lead to sudden bouts of acne. And we’re not talking about the small little zits that everyone gets once in while; we’re talking about the big pimples, the ones that hurt if you even try to touch them. What’s even worse is that stress can slow down your skin’s healing process, so you might be stuck with that zit for more than a week. To help combat this stress sign, wash your skin every day, keep it moisturized and drink lots of water.
4. Can’t Focus – This may seem like an obvious mark of stress, but it actually takes some individuals a while to realize that their concentration and work-related behaviors have taken a plunge. It makes sense though. If your mind is preoccupied with whatever is stressing you out, then of course it would be difficult to concentrate on the current matter at hand. Before you’re about to begin an important task, gently rub your forehead in a circular motion, using the fingertips of both hands. It should give you some immediate stress relief.
5. Mood Swings – Stress not only causes changes in your appearance but also your emotions and behaviors. You might start to feel worried about the most trivial things, and feel a surge of anger over a small disagreement with a friend. Stress can cause your emotions to go hay-wire, causing you to overreact to slight provocations and feel anxious at unexpected times. If you’re feeling these emotions, try this tense and release exercise: Select a muscle group — like your feet and lower legs, for example. Tense those muscles as tightly as you can, then gradually release. Repeat with each group of muscles in your body.
6. Unhealthy Cravings – While this isn’t true of everyone, some individuals who are feeling a large amount of stress start to crave carbs, caffeine or desserts. The body is looking for comfort and something to take it away from the stress, and food is an obvious choice. Don’t give in to unhealthy cravings when you’re feeling down. Try chewing some sugar-free gum or munching on celery. The crunching might actually help you get some of that tension out.

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