Stress doesn’t only manifest itself in a rising frustration you feel within. It’s much more vicious than that!
Stress can lead to several chronic conditions, which on the surface may seem as if they have nothing do with it whatsoever. So, if you feel like you’ve been under the weather a lot lately and your immune system seems compromised, it’s time you looked into stress as a possible cause.
Here are ten conditions that stress can cause, which also serve as signs that your body is under severe stress!
1. You’ve Got Skin Diseases
You thought your acne was all due to lack of a proper skincare routine and greasy foods, didn’t you? Turns out another major cause of acne and other skin diseases, such as psoriasis is stress (1). And this is true for even those adolescent years when you were a student! Scientists have proven through research that psychological stress can trigger skin problems (2). If your acne refuses to go despite treatment, you might want to look into stress as a cause.
2. Your Weight Fluctuates Wildly
There was a time when you could control your weight with the help of diet and exercise, but now you can’t. As you already know, stress releases a hormone in your body known as cortisol. This hormone is responsible for keeping the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats in your body in check. However, when an excess amount of cortisol is produced due to chronic stress, your body ends up burning fewer calories, which leads to weight gain (3). However, in certain cases, stress can also cause you to lose weight, especially when it’s coupled with anxiety.
3. You Get A Cold Too Often
If no matter what the season is, you find yourself sneezing and dripping nose goo, you can blame stress for it (4). As mentioned before, stress causes the production of cortisol. Due to chronic stress, your immune system’s sensitivity to cortisol reduces, which causes inflammation. This, in turn, can increase your chances of catching a cold. Eliminating the worry-factor in your life can help curb frequent bouts of cold.
4. You Face Stomach Problems
Yet again, greasy foods are not the only culprit for your gastric problems. Studies have shown that stress has a profound impact on the health of your gastrointestinal tract (5). In case remedies such as prescribed medications fail to provide relief, you should consider scheduling an appointment with a psychologist. He or she will be able to help treat your anxiety.