Stress is an incredibly common condition, and one that most people – at some point in their lives – will experience. Given how common stress is, and how much attention it receives in popular culture and medical literature, it’s easy to assume that stress is easily identified.
In some ways, stress is easily identified: feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, and a proneness to emotional turmoil are common. However, one of the reasons stress is such an issue is that it isn’t as easily identified as many people assume. Some of the lesser-known ways in which it manifests include…
Stress causes a loss of focus
In the same way that stress can impact decision-making abilities, it can also cause your mind to wander excessively. You may find that you struggle to follow the thread of a conversation, find your attention wandering while cycling, or just struggle to remember what you have done each day.
The consequences of this loss of focus can be genuinely concerning. You may find a friend is upset as you struggle to follow a conversation or, more worryingly, your mind wandering while cycling can lead to an accident that requires medical assistance and the guidance of the likes of www.GBW.law to get over. Given the severity of the issues lost focus can cause, it advisable that you seek advice from a medical professional to discuss if stress may be the cause.
You may experience higher levels of pain
It has long been theorized that emotional pain – such as emotional pain caused by stress – can cause actual physical pain, and in recent years, this link has been confirmed. How this works is discussed in detail on www.PsychologyToday.com; if you, or someone you know, is experiencing problems with chronic pain, then their guidance may well be worth a read.
That’s not the say that the pain isn’t real, of course; it will still feel very much like physical pain. Speak to a medical professional if you suspect that pain issues may be emotional rather than physiological in nature; doctors have plenty of experience dealing with this kind of issue.
Stress causes you to fall ill more frequently
If you find yourself struggling with frequent colds, coughs, and other minor maladies, stress may well be the cause. This is because stress can severely compromise your immune system, which makes you more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. This Tweet is a useful guide to how this issue may manifest:
— Hashem Al-Ghaili (@HashemGhaili) August 2, 2018
If you do recognize these symptoms, then you may want to try introducing lifestyle changes that can help to reduce stress. For example, many people find yoga or indeed pilates beneficial for this purpose. It is also useful – as mentioned above – to speak to a doctor if you notice any of the signs above. Stress can be managed, so don’t hesitate to seek help from experts and loved ones who understand.
*This is a contributed post