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Most people suffer from some form of stress. Stress takes a toll on your mental and physical health. Read on to find out about eight surprising signs of stress that show that you have maxed out.

What is Stress?

Stress can be defined as the manner in which our body reacts to harmful situations which may either be real or perceived. It is a mechanism by which our body tries to prevent itself from a threat. The body’s reaction to a perceived threat is often known as ‘fight or flight.’

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Common reactions of the human body to stress situations include the racing of the heart, quickened breath, rising of the blood pressure, and the tightening of the muscles.

Stress is often observed while dealing with other people, disciplining your kids, trying to    meet a deadline, managing finances, or while dealing with challenging relationships. A little bit of stress is fine. However, too much of stress can be overbearing and can prove to be physically and mentally draining.  

Each person reacts to stress situations in a different manner. Certain situations might be stressful for certain people while some other people might be equipped to handle those situations in a much better manner.

The symptoms of stress which clearly indicate the fact that you are maxed out are listed below.

Stress Symptoms

Stress can have an effect on almost all aspects of our lives. It can affect our physical health, behavior, thinking ability, and emotions. Symptoms of stress vary from one person to the other. Commonly observed stress symptoms that call for attention include:

  • Strange recurring dreams: It is believed that stress that we face during the day follows us in our dreams. If your keep getting recurring dreams related to missing a bus or seeing your house on fire then it is a sure indicator that you are overstressed and you need immediate attention.
  • Tightening of muscles: Too much of stress has an adverse effect on our musculoskeletal system. This can result in tightening of muscles coupled with spasms in muscles. This can be very painful. To relieve muscle stress, you should take 5-10 deep breaths and try to relax the tension from your muscles.
  • Eye twitching: Eye twitching is another stress-related symptom that can be very irritating and worrisome. This medical condition is known as blepharospasm. To get relief from continuous eye twitching, it is advised that you close your eyes and visualize a beautiful, soothing place that you would like to visit. If you experience eye twitching as a result of detailed work while staring at the computer, you should try to look out of the window every 20 minutes to relieve the stress.
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