3 Ways Stress Manifests in Your Body

​​Your body is a messenger, signaling distress in physical forms – from digestive changes to allergy flare-ups and disrupted sleep patterns – these common ailments could be not-so-subtle cues to large amounts of accumulated stress. There are several ways stress manifests in your body physically.

Common Ways Stress Manifests in Your Body

Let’s discuss three of the most common ways that stress will manifest in your body:

1. Your bowel movements.

When you go to the bathroom and you go poop, does it come out easy? Is it difficult to come out? Is it hard? Watery? Is it excessively loose? Those are indicators that your lifetime and daily accumulated stress is higher than your body can manage.

Always pay attention to changes in your digestion, as gut health is a major indicator of your stress levels.

2. Allergies.

Your nose is running. Your eyes are getting watery. 

Stress weakens the immune system, making you more susceptible to allergic reactions.

We want to reduce your lifetime accumulated stress load and your daily stress so that you’re less impacted by seasonal allergies.

3. Your quality of sleep.

If it’s difficult for you to fall asleep and/or you’re relying on substances to fall asleep, that’s a problem.

If it’s difficult for you to wake up, that’s a problem.

Do you feel groggy? Do you need that cup of joe? All of those symptoms are an indication that you’re overstressed.

What You Can Do to Alleviate Symptoms of Stress

Spend as much time as you can each day, whether it’s 5, 10, 15, 20+ minutes, reducing your daily stress and a little bit of your lifetime accumulated stress load. Just a small amount of time per day is going to make you feel a lot better! For more tips on stress relief, click here.

This is just a glimpse into the ways that your body may be telling you that it is stressed. Interested in hearing more? Comment below with your questions.


Christopher Lee Maher is a former Navy SEAL who endured intense amounts of physical, mental, and emotional stress as a child and during and after his military career. He has taught himself how to free his energy, body, mind and emotions from pain by developing the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of being. Christopher studied Traditional Chinese Medical Practices at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and at Yo San University, then continued his studies at The Universal Healing Tao System. He is a student of Grand Master Mantak Chia at the Universal Tao Master School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is currently pursuing his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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