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5 Signs You're Overstressed (And Don't Realize It)

Stress is often cited as one of the main reasons people pick up unhealthy habits. Every single thought that we have in our minds manifests itself somewhere in the body as well, so it's easy to understand why stress hormones have such a negative impact on our health.

There are both good and bad types of stress. Good stress is what we feel when we're excited. Like when we're on a giant roller coaster about to careen toward the ground at 100 miles per hour, or when we find ourselves falling in love on a first date.

Bad stress happens when a person is consistently presented with obstacles or challenges with little or no relief from one challenge to the next. It leaves us feeling overworked and weighted down by the tension that builds.

You could be over-stressed and not even know it. When we operate in this state of cognition, many symptoms of stress will hide from us.

So, here are five ways to tell if you're stressed out more than you should be:

Your ache all over

Pain is often something that humans can endure without end as long as it's bearable. When we're in a state of high stress, the body will start to lose its normal state of function.

This leads to symptoms like diarrhea, ulcers, chest pains, tight muscles and palpitations. Little problems suddenly become big problems.

Do your best not to ignore these problems. They're there because they need to be addressed. Accept that you might have to change certain aspects of your life to rid yourself of this chronic ailment.

You struggle to get a good night's rest

If your sleep pattern changes regularly, or you're exhausted and sleeping too much, or if you're not sleeping enough because of insomnia, you're probably over-stressed.

Sleep is one of the main areas that stress affects the most. Stress keeps a mind from being at peace, so the best way to fight unruly sleep patterns is with exercise, meditation and a healthy diet.

You're constantly thinking about life problems

Okay, we're all sort of thinking about major life problems all the time a little bit, but if you can't take even just a few minutes to think about something other than things like your career or financial problems, it's safe to say stress has control over you.

The best thing you can realize is that worrying about your problems just wastes energy and time. If you keep your inner dialogue running 24/7 on a loop of anxiety, you're bound to cause physiological problems.

Give yourself time alone, in silence or relaxation, with no phone, computer or technology. You need to decompress.

You're suddenly losing your hair

Founder and medical director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, Carolyn Jacob, MD, tells us that the average person will lose 100 hairs every day, and that anything more than that is a problem:

"Typically, people shed about 100 hairs a day. Most people don't even notice. Sometimes, a significant stress of sort may spark a change in your body's routine physiological functions, and cause a disproportionate number of hairs to go into the resting phase at the same time.

Then three to four months later, sometimes longer, all those resting hairs are shed. The effect can be alarming. The types of events that disrupt the normal hair cycle can be caused by the substantial physiological stresses on your body."

So, if you have sudden and dramatic hair loss, there's a good chance that your stress is causing physiological changes to your body.

Your sex drive has slowed down

Because admitting that our sex drive is suffering is something we absolutely never want to do, most people will never address this issue. We don't want to admit it to ourselves and we sure as hell don't want to admit it to our partners.

Stress hormones cause the body to feel exhausted, which is no good when it comes to physical intimacy.

If you've lost your libido, it's time to get it back. Don't be afraid to tell your partner what's happening. Once everything is out in the open, all of that stressful weight holding you down will be lifted.

Be open to trying to new methods of stress management and find ways to put your mind at ease.

Spirituality

Death And Breakups Trigger The Same Unbearable Pain, Except For This One Crucial Difference

There is a false believe that true, intense grief is only experienced during the loss of a loved one to death. However, more and more we're realizing that any kind of loss can be grieved, even if it's just a breakup, Grief in all its stages, is experienced is whenever a person faces a life changing loss from intimate relationships, losing a job, a house to a fire, having to relocate, you name it. However there is still one major difference between death and breakups that make breakups even more painful.

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Depression From Loneliness

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Psychological studies have spent a long time trying to understand the pain receptors that are activated during grief. They found that the loss of a loved one has specific depression symptoms, primarily loneliness, which then leads to other depressive symptoms.

In both kinds of losses (death or breakups), the grieving person has to relearn how to be in the absence of someone they shared a bond with and gave a lot of time to. Not being able to see them anymore, whether by circumstance or choice, can feel really isolating and lonely.

Constant Triggers In Routines

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One of the hardest changes experienced in these losses is having to readapt to a whole new lifestyle. The longer the relationships before the losses, the harder it is to accustom to a daily life alone. A routine that was once taken for granted, or even mundane stops making sense, leaving the griever with a shattered sense of self.

Sometimes it's the smallest reminders that cause the greatest pains like having to go to the grocery store alone or walking past the favorite restaurant of a lost loved one. It's quite difficult to build a life from scratch.

Both Kinds Of Grief Impact The Physical Body

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Both breakups and death can take a toll on the physical body. A grieving person will often experience trouble eating, trouble sleeping, low energy, and even panic attacks. Not to mention that each one of those systems will lead to its own effect like trouble sleeping will lead to headaches, nausea, and an ability to concentrate. These symptoms create a vicious cycle of pain.

The feeling of loss is not just emotional but also physical, which makes sense when thinking that the person we lost is no longer physically there. The creates a longing for their physical body to be able to hug it or feel its warmth once again.

A Loss Of The Future

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One thing that breakups and death have in common is that no one really plans for them or can predict when they happen. No one enters a relationship thinking that it's just going to end. Usually, long-term plans are made together and when the person we made them with is gone, so is the hope we had of the future we had. Not only do we grieve the loss of that person but the loss of the future as well.

it becomes hard to live for tomorrow having no idea where it now leads ad it. Grief then creates a void and the grieving person feels like it's walking aimlessly, now lost in the vastity of the world. It takes time to then find hope in a new future.

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The Major Difference Between Death And Breakups: Ambiguous Grief

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We have no choice when it comes to death. It's the inevitable part of our existence and we have no control over its timing. When we lose someone to death we have no choice but to say goodbye and continue knowing that they no longer are a part of our world. However, a breakup is a choice. This is a lot harder to express because even when we say goodbye, we then have to continue living knowing that the person we lost still walks among us, but that we no longer have the privilege of sharing life with them. The grief of a breakup is not only in having to say goodbye to a relationship that's now over and a person that's gone, but also in having to watch that very same person live on with us.

Grieving someone that is still alive in that way is known as ambiguous grief. It means that we're experiencing a loss because someone has changed or disappeared and are stuck in limbo between hoping that everything will return to normal and trying to grasp that life as we know it is also fading away.

Abandonment Grief

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Experiencing grief can come with a complicated set of abandonment issues. Suddenly this person we had trusted to always be with us is gone, leaving us to figure life out alone. However, the abonnement is scarring when it is experienced through rejection. A breakup can actually feel traumatic and tap into insecurities and anxieties that date all the way back to childhood.

Suddenly we start expecting everyone who loves us to then also change their mind and leave us. In an attempt to protect ourselves from feeling that loss again, we can never attach fully again, and simply feel incomplete for a long time.

A Breakup Feels Like A Threat To Survival

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Another reason that grief from a breakup is worse is that the brain processes the loss of a partner as a threat to survival This triggers biological changes because it gets the body ready for self-defense. In a state of emergency, It increases heart rate and blood pressure, decreases appetite, and increases oxygen to the brain to put the body on high alert.

It can even start over-analyzing experiences from the past to learn and prepare for the new perceived danger. This all makes the person feel like they have become obsessed with their ex, and that the only way they'll survive and feel better is if they can go back to the source of their attachment, and get their ex back. When they fail to, it worsens their abandonment anxiety.

Leads To Revenge Or Planning To Get Them Back Are

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We as human beings are wired to connect. From the moment we're born we develop a deep need for attachment. As we get older we find people we connect with and attach ourselves to them. The attachment is even stronger when part of an intimate relationship as it becomes a primary attachment. When it's suddenly cut off, all the energy that was invested with it has no place to go and completely disrupt the biology of the brain.

To cope with this kind of grief, people resort to one of two methods before reaching acceptance. Either they try to execute revenge, which is just another way to keep holding on to the attachment while projecting their pain. Or, they desperately obsess over trying to get their ex back. Thankfully, the healing process and the stages of grief eventually all lead to acceptance.

It's Okay To Feel Pain, Because There's An End in Sight

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We don't blame you for being frustrated with the pain that relationships bring and wanting to stick with what's comfortable but if you're longing to break the cycle click here to find out how. if you're looking for more information on how grief takes its toll on you specifically, then you'll need your own zodiac reading.

We're each on our own unique path and what some struggle with might not be applicable to you too.

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