If you were to take a survey of all your friends and family and ask them if they were feeling stressed about something, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who answered no. While stress can be a good thing in small doses – it can help motivated you to accomplish goals – feeling pressured all the time can have a negative impact on your body’s physical and emotional state.

So, what are some common signs that you are under too much pressure and what can you do about it? Keep reading to find out.

  1. You just can’t concentrate.
    When you can’t focus on the task in front of you, or remember little things like the date or your coworker’s name, it could be a sign that you are under too much pressure. Studies have shown that long-term stress contributes to the growth of proteins that could cause Alzheimer’s.If you feel like you’re having trouble concentrating because you’re under too much pressure try deep breathing exercises to relax and regain your focus.
  2. You have trouble sleeping.
    If you find yourself waking up every night and worrying about things – related to work or your personal life, it doesn’t matter – it could be a sign that you are under too much pressure. A good night’s sleep should come easy after a long day.If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep you should discuss the problem with your doctor. You can also try cutting back on caffeinated drinks and alcohol consumption.
  3. You’re always sick.
    When you’re under too much pressure, your immune system takes a hit and it leaves you more susceptible to illness. This is why it’s so important to listen to your body.If you feel like you’ve always got a touch of something you just can’t shake it might be a good idea to make some extra time for rest and relaxation. Eat right, get plenty of exercise, and ask for help when you need it in order to reduce your stress levels and boost your immune system.
  4. You have an eternal headache.
    Throbbing or tension anywhere in the head is a telltale sign that you are experiencing a tension or stress headache. When being under too much pressure is causing your headache, telling yourself you need to “reduce stress” can actually make the situation more stressful.The best thing you can do is see a doctor and find out what’s causing your headaches and what the best course of action for treating them are. Once this has been established you can focus on reducing stress where you see fit.
  5. Your back and neck hurt.
    If you have a stiff lower back or knots in your shoulders it could be from the constant pressure of the everyday demands that you face. Constant stress can cause stiff muscles and pain.Many relaxation techniques such as yoga can help take the tension out of your muscles and lead to a more relaxing life. Try some of these stretches and yoga poses at the end of your day to unwind.