Work-related stress can take a toll on your health: These are the symptoms you should watch out for

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With rising living costs, many people are forced to take on extra work to survive. Concerns about the climate and inflation have added to the daily stress of survival. But as necessary as a result may be, you have to slow down sometimes. You may not know when to take a break, but your body does, and it will tell you through physical changes.

For example, recent research shows that work-related stress costs the UK around £28 billion annually. British insurer Axa UK and the Centre for Economics and Business Research surveyed more than 30,000 adults in 16 countries in a study and found that the United Kingdom has the highest rate of work-related stress.

Signs of work-related stress
Are you suffering from work-related stress? Here are some signs you should look out for.

Stomach ache
Stress weakens the immune system. So the more stressed you are, the more susceptible you are to illness. Unexplained problems like stomach and intestinal pain, constipation, diarrhea and bloating could be due to the added mental stress, according to WebMD.

Headaches

Burnout is a form of work-related stress. The term was coined by Herbert Freudenberger in 1974. He says frequent headaches can be a sign of burnout.

A report published in October 2017 found that burnout-related headaches are likely a result of psychological stress, EveryDayHealth writes on its website.

Sleep deprivation
Stress can have a serious impact on sleep habits. It may be a sign of burnout if you feel physically tired but can’t sleep. And because your body isn’t getting enough sleep to function properly, you’re constantly tired. Think of this as the body’s distress call to rest you.

Thirst and blurred vision
These are two signs of diabetes. If you are constantly burned out, your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases. According to WebMD, it states:

If you’re showing these or other symptoms of diabetes – and you’re having problems at work that could be related to burnout – the two could be related. Let your doctor know if you have increased thirst, and seek medical attention immediately if you have vision changes.

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