3 Sneaky Symptoms of Stress: How to Cope

by on August 30th, 2011 at 7:00 am

We all know that excessive stress can negatively impact our health. However, we may not always make the connection to stress when we begin to experience unusual symptoms.

Symptom 1: Strange dreams

If you’re under a lot of stress, chances are you are not getting enough sleep to begin with, let alone any of quality. Further, according to experts at Rush University Medical Center, when you are stressed, you’re more likely to sleep less soundly and wake up more often, disrupting the natural deep sleep cycle that helps restore the body, maintain immunity, and more.

Try cutting out caffeine within 6 hours to bedtime and avoid strenuous activities such as exercising before bed. Certain herbs such as Avena sativa, Scuttelaria laterifolia and Passiflora incarnata can be taken to address chronic sleep problems and support healthy sleep patterns.

Symptom 2: Blemishes

The body’s inflammatory response can be triggered by stress, according to dermatology experts at Wake Forest University, which explains why some adults may experience unusual acne breakouts, or why a teen’s typically controllable skin suddenly becomes worse.

While it can be tempting, don’t pick at skin! This can lead to scarring and infection. Herbal ingredients such as Tea tree oil and Arctium lappa are very effective for acne, and also have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.

Symptom 3: An insatiable sweet tooth

According to a study of pre- and postmenopausal women at the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found only a small decrease in the frequency of chocolate cravings after menopause—suggesting that stress is a more likely culprit behind the cravings than hormones.

Before going for the chocolate, give yourself a 5 or 10 minute break and see if the craving diminishes. Even a quick stroll outside, chat with a co-worker, or piece of sugar free gum can satisfy without the calorie guilt.

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