Warning signals from the body when stressed: You should watch out for these signs
Stress at work, in a relationship or even stress in your free time: what is too much is too much. We notice this not only because time seems to be running out, but also because our body is fighting back. Heart palpitations, sweating or hearing noises are just a few examples of how our organism behaves under stress. If you don’t give in and ignore the warning signals, you run the risk of stress turning into chronic diseases.
How does stress arise?
Stress arises above all when stimuli stress us too much or overwhelm us. Stress stimuli can be, for example, conflicts at work or in the private sphere, too long to-do lists or too much social media consumption. If our body gets too much, it releases stress hormones. And if this condition continues steadily, “simple” stress develops into chronic stress, which can seriously damage our health. Among other things, even the immune system suffers, which is the reason why stressed people get sick faster or more often.
How does stress show up?
The warning signals for stress can be physical (including tachycardia), emotional (including feelings of anxiety), cognitive (including impaired concentration) or behavioral (including consumption of alcohol).
Warning signs: what does stress do to the body?
Stress not only affects us psychologically, it can also affect our organism. Chronic stress leads to the following symptoms, among others, which can be mild to severe:
- Cardiovascular complaints (e.g. tachycardia/palpitations)
- high blood pressure
- shortness of breath
- Ringing in the ears/tinnitus/hearing loss
- Loss of appetite or increased hunger
- Gastrointestinal complaints (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome, stomach pain, abdominal pain)
- constant tiredness/fatigue
- chronic pain (e.g. joint pain, back pain, headache, neck pain)
- sleep disorders
- frequent herpes
- weakened immune system
- metabolic disorders
- increased risk of inflammation
Don’t just ignore these signs! Shutting down output, taking a break, going offline and/or spending time in nature is now the order of the day!
What are the psychological warning signs of stress?
It is well known that stress affects the psyche. So it’s no wonder that we get in a bad mood or nervous when we exert ourselves too much. The following symptoms could indicate that you have too much stress in everyday life:
- Anxiety or feelings of anxiety
- panic attacks
- Listlessness/lack of motivation
- inner unrest
- loss of libido
- feeling of helplessness
- emotional exhaustion/indifference
The body’s warning signals when stressed: How do I know that everything is getting to be too much for me?
If you constantly feel overwhelmed, you can’t shut down after work, you’re often close to tears, you don’t know where is up and where is down, then these are signs that (at least for the moment) everything is just too much for you. If you suffer from stress, you will very likely also notice physical or psychological changes in yourself, such as tachycardia, nervousness, stomach pain or a high pitched sound in your ear. Incidentally, this indicates tinnitus or sudden hearing loss and is an absolute warning signal!
How does stress manifest itself cognitively and behaviorally?
Stress does not only manifest itself physically or psychologically, it also manifests itself in our cognitive abilities or our general behavior. Cognitively, concentration disorders, circling thoughts or nightmares can occur. In terms of behavior, stressed people often tend towards aggression, grinding their teeth, stuttering, increased alcohol consumption or increased smoking.
What can you do when everything is getting to be too much for you?
First of all, don’t just ignore the warning signs and then act quickly. The crux: Stress often cannot be eliminated overnight. It is then particularly important that you create small stress-free islands in everyday life. To reduce stress, go out into nature several times a week, do sports (exercise releases happy hormones), turn off your mobile phone more often, get enough sleep early, eat healthily, set priorities (e.g. cross out things from your to-do lists that are not important) and avoid multitasking. What else helps against stress is conscious forest bathing, progressive muscle relaxation, EFT, autogenic training, meditation or a bath with healing herbs (e.g. lemon balm).
If none of this helps (anymore), talk to your friends about it and/or seek help from your family doctor.
What helps quickly against stress?
A soothing yoga class, a relaxing bath, a walk in the woods or a tea with calming herbs (e.g. lemon balm, valerian or lavender) will quickly relieve stress.