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Every human being on the planet is in many ways a biological machine, albeit, infinitely more complex than the mechanical ones that we ourselves can make today. Similar to any good machine, the human body also starts to signal when something is wrong with it and those signals come in more ways than one. Unfortunately, most of us either ignore them or are incapable of understanding exactly what the body is trying to tell us. While it would be impossible to discuss all of the signs that the body uses to tell us something and how we should interpret them, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of something that is common to all of us, which would be stress.

The Physical Indications of Stress

A lot of people falsely believe that the effects of stress are only psychological in nature and much of the physical reactions to extreme stress are psychosomatic. That is just not the case, unfortunately, because when stress is induced due to an external or internal stimulus, cortisol (or hydrocortisone as it is also known) is released by the adrenal gland, in coordination with the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, as a response to that stress. This may have a significant physiological impact that enables a person to better deal with the stressful situation.

When that hormonal release is not well timed and happens without an immediate reason, or in excess, we develop multiple physiological symptoms that are not recognized as effects of stress by the average person. Physiological symptoms would include unexplainable weight gain, cognitive impairment, frequent infections due to a reduction in the natural T-cell production, low sperm count, low sexual drive, easy bruising of the skin, and even pimples!

Psychological Indications of Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of modern life, unfortunately, but do you find yourself stresses even when there is no apparent reason to be? Does that stress branch out into other symptoms such as anger, depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and several other reactions and signs that you can relate to, but can’t quite explain? If these are things that you can indeed relate yourself to, then it is very likely that your body is telling you that you are suffering from high levels of blood cortisol. There can be a range of reasons that can lead to such reactions, but they almost always occur due to the presence of excess stress hormones in the blood, whatever the original stimuli may be.

What Can We Do to Recognize and Treat the Indications of Stress?

Read about cortisol, aka the stress hormone, the symptoms it causes when the concentration of the hormone increases within the body, and how to get it under control on The article goes into great detail about the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of both stress and its countermeasures, so its definitely a recommended read for anyone who wants to know more about the subject.

In general, though, a combination of healthy diet, regular exercise, and good sleep is quite effective in countering the stress hormones. Also, it has been found through studies that workers who take small breaks throughout a day of work are less likely to be stressed out than people who take one or two long breaks during work hours.

Recognizing what our bodies are trying to tell us, acknowledging them and seeking help accordingly saves lives every day and sometimes, people do not even realize that it did. For example, if a bad smoker’s cough makes someone quit smoking, he probably saved himself from respiratory cancer in the future, without even being sure that he did.

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