Many doctors will say there’s nothing wrong with some short term stress, but it can take a massive toll on your body. Yes, stress has an impact on more than just your mind, it will show up in your body too. This can make it easy to identify when your teenager is experiencing stresses they aren’t talking to you about or even help you see your own stress that you may not have realized you were carrying. Here are some of the ways that it can impact your body.
8 PHYSICAL SYMPTONS CAUSED BY STRESS
I’m not trying to say that your teen’s acne is caused by stress. But, one of the earliest and most obvious ways to spot it is by spotting acne on someone who doesn’t normally have it. If you’ve noticed that as an adult you’ve suddenly started breaking out then it might be the cause, though acne alone isn’t a sign of it.
If you or someone you love is constantly getting headaches they may be caused by stress. Headaches caused by it often appear around the stressor. So if school is causing the stress they might have a headache every day when they come home from school. The same for work.
When you’re under a lot of stress people tend to hold their muscles in a tightened state, like they’re bracing themselves for whatever is going to be thrown at them next. This results in muscle pain that can be quite severe, even debilitating. This is one of the reasons why massages are recommended for stress relief, the muscles are relaxed, giving your body a bit of a break.
Stress causes you to be sluggish and have less energy throughout the day. This is because part of your mind is always dedicated to that stress even if you don’t intend for that to be the case. This also puts further stress on your mind as you have to work harder to accomplish anything. This decreased energy is made even worse by the next thing on the list, insomnia.
Stress can make it so much harder to sleep, even while you don’t have any energy and you wish you could rest. Part of why this happens is that your mind is still in some way being impacted by that stress and it is keeping your mind going. Aches and muscle pain also make it difficult to fall asleep.
When you’re under constant stress it can start having an impact on your digestive system. This isn’t straight forward though as it can manifest as constipation or diarrhea, and yes, you can even have both! It can also result in ulcers and other more serious issues with your digestive system.
Weakened Immune System
Stress can result in your immune system being weakened, meaning you get sick more often. It might be something as simple as getting the sniffles more frequently than normal but it can also leave you open to getting more serious conditions that have the potential to be life-threatening.
High Blood Pressure
Prolonged exposure to stress can result in high blood pressure, a silent killer. You won’t even know you have high blood pressure without a test. High blood pressure can result in a stroke and it damages your heart.
All of this information comes from the Mayo Clinic and WebMD. I am not a doctor, but I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a friend. I want you to know this information because information is power and it could save someone’s life.