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Stress can cause headaches, thanks to held tension in the jaw and the rest of the head. (Shutterstock/File)
Getting caught in the hustle and bustle of everyday life can make it difficult to notice the symptoms of stress, but if you’ve been suffering from some of these physical side effects, you might need to pause and take a breather.
Stress can cause headaches, thanks to tension in the jaw. According to InStyle, these types of headaches are typically a dull pain in the back of the head or in the forehead, and can last anywhere from half an hour to a handful of days. If untreated, they can turn into chronic tension headaches.
While insomnia is not always stress-related, stress can cause situational insomnia. If you find yourself tossing and turning as you worry about the busy day instead of falling asleep, this is a sign that your body is unable to shut down your brain for the night as it reacts to the uncommon amount of stress.
Similar to the headaches, constant tension held in the body can lead to pains in the muscles. Muscle aches are some of the most common symptoms of stress and can also lead to a chronic pain if left untreated. Stress also impacts your adrenaline and hormone levels, which in turn affects your muscles and nerves.
If you’ve been getting the recommended eight hours of sleep but are still tired, it may be due to stress. According to Medical News Today, worry and stress are cited as two common reasons for lethargy. Here, the feelings of fatigue may leave you feeling even more overwhelmed, which then allows the cycle to continue.
As with muscles and nerves, stress also impacts your immune system. You’re more likely to be deeply impacted by a cold when you’re stressed than otherwise. So, if your flu has been hanging around for weeks instead of just days, you may need to take a break. (sul/kes)
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