“You are too stressed when the five telltale signs appear,” Dr. Creagan says.
–You feel irritable.
–You have sleep problems — you’re either sleepy all the time or you can’t sleep at all.
–You never experience joy.
–You lose your appetite or can’t stop eating.
–You have trouble with relationships and no longer get along with friends and family members.
Too much stress also appears in the form of illness, infertility or fatigue. Chronic stress can damage your overall health, including:
–Your immune system. Stress can suppress your immune system, making you more susceptible to viral infections, such as influenza, and bacterial infections, such as tuberculosis.
–Cardiovascular disease. Stress causes a more rapid heartbeat and may bring on chest pain (angina) and irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia). Stress may even lead to a heart attack or stroke.
If you already have some existing health concerns, such as asthma and gastrointestinal problems, stress can make your symptoms worse.
(Source: Mayo Clinic, on the web at www.mayoclinic.com)