No matter how much we try to ignore it, stress is always around the corner. It can be triggered by many things. Sometimes by random things that occur to us, sometimes by our colleagues or the boss at work, sometimes by our loved ones and our family, and sometimes it can be triggered by some issues that we are not even aware we have.
Still, one thing is definite. No matter who contributed to your stress, letting stress get to you and drive you crazy for a long period of time can have a serious effect on your overall physical and mental health.
Here are 8 things that are likely to happen to you if you’ve been stressed for a very long time:
1. YOU DEVELOP AN EATING DISORDER
Stress has the power to affect your appetite. The high cortisol levels due to a huge amount of stress in our body can make us develop an unhealthy eating disorder. But it is important to know that the outcome is always different for many people. When we’re under stress, we either eat a lot more than we can take in or we completely stay away from food.
2. YOU BECOME VERY FRUSTRATED VERY EASLY
Another negative thing that happens when we experience a lot of stress is losing our patience. The more we endure stressful times, the stronger we believe we are.
However, the reality is different. A lot of stress eventually leads to a lot of repressed emotions. This, on the other hand, is the result of having zero tolerance when it comes to coping with problems.
3. YOUR SLEEP PATTERN IS DISTURBED
Stress has the power to disrupt our normal biorhythm. The more stress we experience, the more our minds overthink and refuse to let go of thoughts that are completely unnecessary. And the more we overanalyze, the harder it is for our physical body to relax and fall asleep.
4. YOU CONSTANTLY FEEL EXHAUSTED
As a result of a disrupted sleeping pattern, constant nervous breakdowns and an eating disorder, we are constantly tired. We have no energy, nor desire to get up and do something with our life. At this point, most of the people are simply surviving.
5. YOU INCREASE YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE BECAUSE YOU NEED ENERGY
You are sleep deprived, your energy levels are the lowest, you are constantly nervous, you can’t stop stuffing your face as a solution to your never-ending exhaustion, so the only thing that seems to keep you awake is caffeine.
Caffeine can be truly beneficial, but that is only if we consume it in limited amounts. A high intake of caffeine can lead to caffeine overdose and it can cause many serious health issues.
6. EVERY LITTLE THING ANNOYS YOU
Stress makes us blind. It shuts down our brain. It sabotages our way of rational thinking and it takes control over both our body and mind. Pretty soon, we’re irritated by everything around us. We cannot think straight. And we cannot react properly. In our mind, the whole world is fighting against us.
7. YOU HAVE SPLITTING HEADACHES
You experience severe physical pain. The hormone, called cortisol which is released due to an increase in stress contributes to the triggering of constant tension headaches.