9 signs that prove you are stressed

Nathan Rodrigues

Monday | May 15, 2017 | 4:40 PM | Last update: May 15, 2017, 5:48 PM (Brasilia time)

Did you know that stress can be a warning sign? In order to protect ourselves, our body gives off physical and emotional signs, so we are attentive to everything that goes on around us. If it weren’t for this physiological mechanism, our ancestors wouldn’t have known what to do when they had an unexpected encounter with an animal, and today we would be unable to cope with the pressures of our day-to-day lives, for example.

The problem, however, is when such tension becomes chronic. When we get into this next phase—which is called the resistance stage—stress becomes a big health problem. That’s why it’s important to stay alert to the “messages” being sent by your body, OK? Take this tip!

Here are some of the signs of stress that affect your well-being right away:

Mood swings

This is one of the commonest symptoms. If you have been losing your mind more often, or if your state of mind changes easily, going from unshakeable tranquility to terrible rage in a matter of minutes, it’s time to seek professional help, isn’t it?


This is one of the main symptoms of psychological stress. Fear, impatience, and nervous breakdown are just some of the indicators of such tension.


Body aches

Stressed people usually suffer from generalized pain, caused by muscle contraction. Headaches, for example, usually get worse because of bouts of stress.


A long period of exposure to stressful situations may sap our energy, while our enthusiasm to carry out simple and routine activities keeps on reducing. . .


Stressed people find it difficult to sleep. This happens because the stress hormone keeps the body alert, thus preventing a good quality of sleep.

Hair loss

The stress hormone attacks yet again. It manages to alter the cells and makes our hair thin, so it is more likely to fall out.

Weight gain

Did you know that stress can be weighed on the scales? Science has proved this. The feeling of being full alters, and the person starts eating more.

Recurring illnesses

The immune system is also affected by stress. That’s why our body is more vulnerable to the action of viruses and bacteria.

Memory loss

Do you know where you left your house keys? Did you forget to do something at work? This may be the result of a high stress load, which harms the storing of information in the brain.

What now? What to do?

In many cases, the physical and emotional signs of stress are so strong that they only reduce when we seek professional help, which often includes the use of medication.

So that the situation does not reach this state of affairs, all you have to do is adopt some simple healthy habits for alleviating tension. A tip? Find activities that you enjoy doing. Listen to music, watch movies, exercise, go out with your friends or family . . .

Another great suggestion is to turn to the power of prayer. At these moments, prayer will bring you peace of mind and ensure that you don’t become unbalanced. Find the silence of your Soul and ask God for His protection and His Light so you don’t get into bad vibe. =D

“The Pope prays, the Dalai Lama meditates, Chico Xavier prayed, rabbis chant their supplications, evangelicals sing their praises to God, Muslims recite the Holy Koran . . . What is Prayer if not Love that is willing to undertake great feats? When an atheist brother carries out an act that benefits society, he is praying. In Crônicas e Entrevistas, I wrote that praying and meditating are similar to each other. Praying is not simply a figurative action. It is the strongest instrument that the human essence, the Divine Capital, has. As the German monk Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) wrote in The Imitation of Christ: ‘Sublime is the art of talking to God” as emphasizes educator Paiva Netto with regard to the ecumenical feature of this important act.

Read also the articles by Paiva Netto: The power of prayer and The social effect of prayer.

You have no excuse not to look after yourself, right?

Come on, #Letschange