It won’t take long before they start saying that stress is the new black, as it’s practically impossible to live and work in this day and age and not experience at least a day of stress. It seems that everything is taking its toll on us, thus we all end up feeling stressed out more often than not. And in order not to end up in a way we wouldn’t like to, we need to make sure we take all the right steps in order to fight this condition.
One of the most common signs that show it’s stress you’re dealing with is having constant headaches. When you’re feeling quite strung, the pain can find its way to your head, forming that sort of a band of pain around your head that’s extremely annoying. One way to solve this is by taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen, but you can also opt to go the more natural way and practice yoga or meditation for 15 minutes every night.
2. Feeling on edge
What not many of us know, stress is related to fear. This means that when we feel stress, our bodies and brains, more specifically, switch into survival mode making us feel constantly on edge and nervous. This most commonly happens when we imagine a threat that actually doesn’t exist. The best way to fight this is by regularly taking natural mood boosters such as chocolate or a big, strong cup of coffee.
3. Throbbing muscles
Since you’re probably carrying a lot of tension in your muscles, it might happen that you’re feeling stiff, experiencing neck or back problems, or even having tight shoulders. It doesn’t matter where you are, this is the time for you to book a massage and destroy the knots of stress that are causing you to feel this way. If you’re in Australia, for example, visiting a Sol Spa in Vaucluse is the right thing to do – not only because you need to find a good spa center wherever you are, but also because the Aussies know what they’re doing.
4. Criticizing people and pointing out flaws
Another sign that you’re stressed out, and a sign that was proven by fifteen years of research at the University of California in Los Angeles, is your tendency to argue and constantly emphasize the flaws all around you. This most commonly happens with your partner, so it’s not only your mental health that’s at stake here, but your relationship as well.
5. Hair loss
Hair loss can be experienced because of a plethora of reasons, but if you visit your doctor and see that there’s nothing wrong with you, the chances are that you’re totally stressed out. The body fights itself, and once your muscles and brain experience stress, your hair is slowly dying out. There certainly are ways in which you can fight hair loss, such as by getting enough sleep. Worst-case scenario: you will have to undergo several non-invasive treatments.
6. Lack of sleep
Studies have shown that if you’re a poor sleeper, you probably have a higher level of stress hormones in your bloodstream that are causing you to feel this way. How many nights has it happened that you simply cannot fall asleep because you’re thinking about the existing problems? One way in which you can try to solve this is by introducing the “Amish hour” and turn off all of your gadgets an hour before you go back to sleep so that you let your brain rest a bit.
7. Difficulties making decisions
There’s a study that showed that rats, when they’re feeling stressed, cannot make a decision in front of two large awards. It’s the same with people – once we feel stressed, it seems that it’s more and more difficult to make simple decisions, let alone important ones. This is something to bear in mind the next time during a business meeting; if you’re feeling stressed out, it’s better not to decide on anything yet.
8. No appetite
Stress can certainly cause a lack of appetite, just like it causes hair loss. However, the difference is that we have the tools to fight this, such as actually eating when we’re supposed to, regardless of the fact that we’re not hungry. The intake of vitamins is super important, but the good news is that you can also opt for drinking your vitamins, especially Vitamin B which is very important.
Your heart rate and respiration accelerate and you’re experiencing fatigue? Stress is definitely the main villain in this scenario, so make sure to do whatever you can to be a stress-free man. It definitely is easier said than done, but you can try and forget about your problems, or simply spend 30 seconds breathing without thinking about anything.
10. Teeth problems
Teeth problems are rarely associated with stress, but if you think you’re experiencing tooth clenching or grinding, it’s time to see the dentist. He will tell you what you need to do because this is something that can bring more problems in the future.
So, yes, all of us get stressed out from time to time, but recognizing these symptoms is definitely the first step.
Peter is a men's grooming and health writer at The Beard Mag & High Style Life magazines, living between UK and Australia. Beside writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Australia too! Follow Peter on Twitter for more men’s grooming tips.