Stress is part and parcel of every day life and it can be caused by a million things from arguments with loved ones or the car won’t start to work overload and the list goes on and on. You can’t actually avoid stress and neither should you want to completely; a little stress has some benefits too. It is more about being able to manage your stress levels and finding healthy ways to navigate and cope with them.
Most of us are probably aware and will recognise the most common signs of stress including a rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, anxiety, feeling moody or tearful to name a few. But did you know just how much stress can affect our insides?
- Bad Breath
Bad breath might be a sign that you are a little too stressed in your daily life. Stress reduces saliva and bad breath and a dry mouth are sometimes thought to be in common depending on your current state of health.
- Sore or Bleeding Gums
Stress, especially longer-term or chronic, releases cortisol into your body and weakens your immune system. The bleeding gums could be a sign of more bacteria entering the body and your immune system being weakened.
- Sore and Tense Muscles
Ever felt like you have done a ten hour work out in the gym when in actual fact you have been on the sofa all weekend? It could be stress causing your muscles to tense. Muscles tension is the body’s way of guarding against injury and pain. Chronic muscle tension in the neck, shoulder and head area could lead to migraines or head pain in left unchecked.
- Heavy Breathing
Breathing is the body’s way of getting oxygen so essential to life. If you find yourself breathing heavily through your mouth even though your nasal passages are clear it could be that your body is seeking more oxygen.
- Always Hungry or Never Hungry
Severe stress can lead you to eat more or eat less than you actually should. By eating too much or too little it can throw your stomach off and potentially cause things like diarrhea, constipation or even ulcers or stomach pain.
Always learn to recognise your stress levels and manage them accordingly. Everyone is different so what might work for one but not work for another so try different ways that work for you such as yoga, meditation, long walks, going for a cycle ride, spending time with friends, reading, etc. If you feel any symptoms of stress on a constant basis you should seek advice from a health care professional.
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