Signs That You are Chronically Stressed UP!

1. Racing mind / never-ending mind chatter

 Your brain won’t “shut off” which indicates chronic stress. A racing mind with thoughts going seemingly a million miles an hour indicates your body’s stress is elevating. You will have a hard time relaxing and quieting your mind

2. A persistent strong urge to go, go, go

You believe you have many things you need to get done all at once and the internal pressure to get them done is relentless. Feeling overwhelmed, as if you are losing control or need to take control.

3. Get a lot of headaches, indigestion issues and insomnia

Disturbances can include, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up too early and having difficulty going back to sleep. You also might sweat a lot and experience hair loss issues.

4. Craving raw sugar foods and junk food

 You continually crave sugary foods and junk food, which are high in sugar and calories.

5. Everything looks depressing and bleak

Chronic stress can diminish our ability to reach the brain's pleasure centres. Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), and feeling lonely, worthless, and depressed

6. Life feels unsatisfying 

Have a hard time feeling good about the things you used to feel good about. This feeling can also extend to our relationships. We may not be able to “feel” the feelings of love, and therefore, conclude that we no longer love our mate or children.  

7.  Feeling unusually irritable, impatient, and upset

Stress takes its toll not only on our physical bodies but also on our thinking, and therefore, emotions. Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody 

Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

Behavioural symptoms of stress include:

  • Changes in appetite -- either not eating or eating too much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • More use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
  • Having more nervous behaviours, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

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