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Which of these 10 symptoms of stress do you have? (Gallery)

Think you are stressed? Here are the 10 symptoms of stress you might not know about.

Written by Shraddha Rupavate | Updated : September 25, 2014 4:29 PM IST

Weight Gain

Yeah! If you don’t want to put on extra kilos, just lead a stress-free life. High levels of stress hormones cause excess fat deposition irrespective of whether you’re thin or fat. Also, a few people tend to overeat under stressful situations which cause the body to store more calories instead of burning them. Here\'s a simple weight loss guide

Muscle Tension

Hormones released during stress not only raise your blood pressure and heart rate but also cause your muscles to tighten up. Common muscle pain due to incorrect posture at work can worsen if you are stressed. Here are 10 effective tips to prevent back pain.

Stomach Ache

Butterflies or jitters in the stomach are not just a feeling of excitement or nervousness; they’re a classic symptom of stress. Studies have shown a close connection between the stomach and the brain. As per a report published by Harvard Medical School, if you suffer from gastro-related disorders like constipation , irritable bowel syndrome or acidity then your symptoms may worsen due to stress. Also Read - Do You Have Back Pain? Over 800 Mn People Will Be Living With Low Back Pain In 2050

Hair Fall

Chronic stress also causes sex hormones (androgens) to release. These hormones can interfere with your hair follicles causing temporary hair fall. This effect can last for anywhere between 3-6 months after a chronic stressful event. Here are some diet tips to control hair fall and some home remedies for hair fall .


If you just can’t remember to perform a few daily tasks at work (that otherwise you would never forget) then you are definitely stressed. Cortisol, a hormone released during chronic stress can cause the hippocampus (part of the brain that controls short-term memory) to shrink which interferes with your brain’s capacity to remember things. Target the root cause of your stress and you’ll get your memory back. Here\'s how resting the brain can boost your memory.  Also Read - Menstrual Hygiene Day: 10 Perineal Hygiene Tips Every Woman Must Follow

Menstrual Problems

In women, stress plays a major role in repressing hormonal control of the pituitary gland (which controls the hormones released by ovaries, thyroid and adrenal gland). This affects the regular menstrual cycle, ovulation and other reproductive functions in women.


Chronic stress affects almost the entire system. Your skin is no exception to that. High levels of androgens can cause sudden breakouts on the skin. Plus, when you’re stressed, the body’s healing ability is also altered to a great extent so most likely those pimples won’t go away unless you relax completely. Here\'s a mega guide on acne causes, treatment, medication and home remedies.

Symptoms Of Stress

Although your body has a strong ‘fight -or-flight’ response to tackle acute stress, it cannot help you much in chronic stress. We all get stressed due to our busy lifestyle. Yet only few of us realize it or to be specific, accept it. Chronic stress occurs when people start denying that fact that they are stressed. Some people have a strong convincing mind that helps them to deny their stressful situation. Others are smart and are good at hiding their stress symptoms from other as well as themselves. While you might keep saying ‘I am absolutely alright’ to everybody else you know, you should be able to recognize the signs of stress before it takes a toll on your health.