Some of the top signs you may be overly stressed are: headache, back and/or chest pain, pounding heart, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, muscle aches, stomach upset (constipation & diarrhea), problems sleeping or staying asleep, weight gain or loss, anxiety/worry, restlessness, depression, dissatisfaction with life, feeling overwhelmed, irritability and forgetfulness

According to The American Institute of Stress, “There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In addition stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected by stress .” 

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