You have been feeling so stressed lately, and you can’t pinpoint what the cause is. The stress level has gotten way beyond you. Now, you think you need urgent intervention. Otherwise, things might go wrong.
Now, let’s set the record straight. Stress can have an adverse effect on your body. It can cause insomnia, anxiety, depression, headache, irritability, etc. It’s also important to know that your stress is probably because of anxiety.
However, things that cause stress are called stressors. These include noise pollution, environmental pollutants, excess exercise, medication, exposure to extreme weather conditions (heat and cold), and poor work/life balance.
So, why are you feeling stressed without a compelling reason? If you’re facing such a dilemma, this post is for you. Read to find answers and tackle stress head-on.
Are you ready? Let’s dive in!
6 Shocking Reasons You Are Stressed For No Reason
So these are the possible reasons you could be experiencing stress. Look inward, and you might be able to identify one that applies to you.
You have not been physically active lately:
A study has shown that there’s a direct link between physical activities and stress. In other words, if you’re not physically active, you’re bound to feel stressed somehow and in some days.
You need to understand that stress is a part of life. But how well you handle it will determine how much effect it would have on you. Usually, as you encounter varied stressors daily, your stress hormones build up.
When your stress hormone becomes too high, it could start affecting your sleep. And when you don’t sleep well, chances are you’ll feel sluggish and stressed up during the day. You don’t need to do something stressful to feel this way.
So, the reason you have been feeling stressed is that you refused to engage in physical activities. You’re enjoying your sedentary lifestyle and have successfully convinced yourself that exercise isn’t for you.
Now, please keep this in mind. When you exercise, your body releases some vital chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins help to convince the brain to lower pain. It also boosts pleasure, making you feel sound mentally and generally.
You don’t have enough sleep:
How much sleep do you get daily? Is it up to 7 hours or less? If you’re within 13 to 18 years, you should be getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep daily. If you’re an adult, you need 7 hours or more daily.
Sleep can have a significant impact on your mood. If you have a decent night’s rest, you’ll likely look and act sharper the next day. But if you don’t have a good night’s sleep, the reverse is the case.
You’ll become sluggish, short-tempered, dull, and be more vulnerable to stress. You may even fall asleep now and then, the following day.
However, as soon as you start having quality sleep, your sharpness will return. You won’t be so vulnerable to sleep-induced stress any longer.
So, if you have been feeling stressed and don’t think you have done anything to warrant that, consider the quality of sleep you’re getting. Do you get enough sleep daily? Remember, depriving yourself of sleep for one day can impact your stress level almost immediately.
So, start sleeping well. Let whatever has been keeping you awake all night, all along, wait till dawn. Don’t trade your sleep for anything.
A Handy Tip: I know sleep is vital, and I want to have quality night’s rests. But I can’t get myself to sleep well. Why is this happening? Well, if you’re experiencing such, here’s what you need to know and do.
To sleep well, try to reduce your stress levels. Remember, if you were highly stressed, falling asleep or sleeping for long hours would be a problem.
Now hear this. Exercise is the natural medicine to address stress and sleep at the same time.
So start exercising, even if it’s three or four times per week. Just move your body and ensure the exercise is consistent. Consistency matters when it comes to exercise.
Questionable food choices:
Another reason you could be feeling stressed and you can’t explain the cause is your food choices. You eat whatever comes your way, not minding if you’re getting the proper nutrient or not. For you, all that matters is fixing your cravings.
Now, here’s a simple analogy. A vehicle can’t move without fuel. And when you put fuel mixed with water or diesel in the car, it could damage the engine or make it impossible for the vehicle to start.
The stomach is similar to the tank on a vehicle, while the fuel is the food we eat. The body converts food consumed to energy, giving us the strength to perform our day-to-day tasks.
But if you eat terrible foods, you’re not going to get the energy you need to stay active throughout the day. Instead, you’ll feel tired, sleepy and probably, sick. So, mind the kind of food you take into your system.
Here is a list of foods that can induce stress in the body.
- Sugary foods
- Excess salt
- Fried foods
- White flour
- Processed meat
- Processed foods
All these can make you feel stressed and dull when you’re supposed to be super active. So, please, make an effort to avoid eating junks or an excess amount of the foods above. Start consuming balanced diets.
Don’t forget that excess sugar consumption can cause you to add more body fat and give rise to chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Keep in mind that obese persons are increasingly likely to suffer mental and physical disorders, leading to chronic stress or high cortisol levels.
Now, can you guess why you’re feeling stressed and thinking there’s no reason for you to feel that way? Alright, look into the rubbish bin to note what you have been eating the entire week. Or rather, think carefully and write down the foods you have been consuming all this while.
In the end, you’ll see that food is what’s responsible for the stress you claimed you’re mysteriously feeling.
You have poor organizational skills:
One of the reasons you feel stressed even when you haven’t done any stressful chores is because you have poor organizational and management skills. When you don’t have these skills, chances are you might plunge yourself into “busy mode” now and then.
The “busy mode” in question is when you’re busy mentally but never on the tasks or chores that you’re supposed to do physically. You can spend the whole day worrying and thinking of how to address the task but won’t take action.
At the end of the day, after you might have wallowed in the thought of how cumbersome the task is and how to get it done, you might end up feeling stressed, tired and worst still, unable to achieve anything.
It’s practically simple to overload the brain, though many think it isn’t. Most people even prefer to store their to-do lists in their brains instead of writing them down. They believe the brain is capable of handling diverse information, which is true.
But the thing is, when you overload your brain, you’re occupying a reasonable amount of space that you should have used for critical thinking to solve problems.
So, be organized. Find a way to balance your work and social life. You should also develop the habit of planning. Think about the things you need to do and write them down on paper. You can plan daily or weekly. The choice is yours to make.
Your addictions could be the cause:
What are your addictions? Do you like watching movies, spending time on social media, or playing video games? Do you like exercising for long periods or doing strenuous activities? If your answer is yes to either of these questions, then you have found the reason you feel stressed most of the time.
Please, understand this. No one is saying interacting with people or watching action movies can make you feel stressed. The primary issue is the amount of screen time you’re getting.
If you disrupt your eyes’ natural light cycle, you may disturb your sleep. And when you don’t get enough sleep, you may feel tired during the day. What delays your bedtime and reduces restful sleep among high screen time users is the delay in the release of melatonin.
Now, let’s discuss exercise. Exercise is good for the body. The lack of physical activities can cause you to feel stressed most of the time. But too much of everything is bad.
So, keep in mind that you may likely feel tired for some time when you engage in intense exercise. But it’s only for a while. You’ll get better after resting for a considerable period.
A study conducted at the Human Performance Laboratory of the University of Connecticut shows that dehydration could affect a person’s energy level, ability to think clearly, and mood.
Dehydration can affect the brain cells adversely. It can also damage vital organs like the liver and kidney. So, make an effort to stay hydrated throughout the day. It’s a constant effort. Don’t stop drinking enough water today because you drank too much yesterday.
A Handy Tip: To avoid dehydration, you must consume the right amount of fluid daily. For men, the recommended is 13 cups of water, which equals 3 liters. For women, daily fluid consumption is 9 cups, which equals 2 liters.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) also states that pregnant women’s daily water consumption should be 10 cups while breastfeeding mothers need 12 cups of water daily.
Why am I stressed for no reason? Firstly, why did you believe you’re stressed for no reason? For the record, there are one or more reasons you’re feeling stressed. The only thing here is that you haven’t realized what those reasons are.
All the same, stress isn’t something you should be celebrating. It can affect your body adversely. So, please make an effort to identify those things that make you feel stressed and address them. Is it your food choices? Please fix it. Is it your addictions or sedentary lifestyle? Work on it.
You can fix the problem and feel a surge in energy daily instead of the opposite. Thanks for reading.
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