Physical Signs & Symptoms of Stress

Five Physical Signs and Symptoms of Stress

Your body can sometimes be affected by stress in ways you may not recognize. Find out the signs now!

November 11, 2015 | HF Healthy Living Team

Stress is a normal part of life. But if you go through a period of high or prolonged stress, you may start to experience physical symptoms without realizing what’s causing them. We’re here to help you better understand the symptoms of stress.

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Stress can cause Headaches
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Headaches

 

Stress can cause Headaches
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Stress or tension can often show up as a headache or migraine. Migraines can also include nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. Headaches or migraines could become so severe that they interfere with your concentration or ability to complete daily activities like driving.

 

Stress can cause Insomnia
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Insomnia (Lack of Sleep)

 

Stress can cause Insomnia
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If you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep, stress may be the cause. Not being able to sleep can also make stress even worse, since being well rested can help improve anxiety. This cycle of stress and lack of sleep can make getting a good night’s rest seem like a distant dream.

 

Stress can cause Upset Stomachs
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Upset Stomach

 

Stress can cause Upset Stomachs
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If you’re experiencing nausea, upset stomach, “sour” stomach, cramps, bloating, or another digestive issue such as constipation or diarrhea, it may be because of stress. This may make you respond to food differently—like eating more or less—which may cause even more stress.

 

Stress can cause muscle aches and pains
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Muscle Aches and Pains

 

Stress can cause muscle aches and pains
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Just as with headaches or migraines, stress can cause you to experience pain in random muscles. Because stress can make you tense your muscles without knowing it, you may feel as though you’ve had a tough workout even if you haven’t been to the gym.

 

Stress can cause Teeth Grinding
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Teeth Grinding

 

Stress can cause Teeth Grinding
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When you wake up in the morning, do your teeth hurt? You could be grinding your teeth at night and not even know it. This could lead to weakened enamel on your teeth, or cracks in your teeth, which in turn could cause tooth decay.

 

What You Can Do If You Have Stress

Everyone experiences stress at different points in life. But if you feel like your stress is getting out of hand, don’t stay silent. Living with long-term stress can affect your overall health, including your immune system, which helps you fight illness and disease.

Talk to your doctor. She or he may have tips to help you manage the things in your life that are causing your stress, and can work with you on a plan to deal with it.

 

 

© 2016 HF Management Services, LLC.

Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies. The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

Sources
“Stress Symptoms,” WebMD. Accessed November 6, 2015.
http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body

“Stress Effects: The Physical Side,” Everyday Health. Accessed November 6, 2015.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/womens-health/physical-side-of-stress.aspx

“Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior,” Mayo Clinic. Accessed November 6, 2015.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987

“50 common signs and symptoms of stress,” The American Institute of Stress. Accessed November 6, 2015.
http://www.stress.org/stress-effects/

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