If you think you aren't stressed enough, think again. According to Stevan E. Hobfoll, PhD, of Rush University Medical Center, the symptoms of chronic stress are subtler. A daily barrage of stress-filled activities due to work, school or other aspects in your personal life may be assaulting you with stress hormones, yet you're too preoccupied to notice the symptoms. If you catch any of these signs, take time out from your daily activities. Go for a walk, indulge in your hobby or simply take a nap.
Weekend Headaches: Weekends are usually the only time of the week where most of us can sleep until noon and forget our worries. But according to Todd Schwedt of Washington University Headache Center, a sudden drop in our stress levels could also cause migraines. To prevent weekend headaches, stick to your daily routine. Rise at your normal waking time and eat at the usual hours, among others.
Awful period cramps: Stress can cause twice the pain and discomfort for women during menstrual periods due to hormonal imbalance. Regular exercise can help lower the stress and soothe menstrual cramps.
Bleeding Gums: Stressed-out people are more exposed to periodontal disease. Working long hours resulting in stress can elevate the production of stress hormones, which may impair the body's immune system. Preston Miller, DDS, of the American Academy of Periodontology suggests, “Protect your mouth by exercising and sleeping more, which will help lower stress.”
Acne Breakout: Gil Yosipovitch, MD, of Wake Forest University says stress increases the risk for acne breakouts. He suggests using lotions that contain salicylic acid or bacteria-busting benzoyl peroxide.