Stress can affect the body in many different ways both physically and mentally but how it affects each individual may be different. Typical signs and symptoms of stress may include low energy, headaches, and insomnia. However, in this contributed post we will discuss some surprising signs of stress that may have you reevaluating your lifestyle. 



Everyone feels a bit stressed now and then, and, in some cases, this stress can be beneficial, pushing you to put more effort in and get things done. However, prolonged and persistent stress is far from healthy and can impact you in a number of ways, both physically and mentally.

There are a number of common symptoms of stress, including headaches and panic attacks, but there are a lot more than most people don’t know about. If you’re worried about your stress levels, here are four surprising signs you need to look out for.


Tooth And Jaw Pain

During the day, stress is something most people try to ignore and put to the back of their minds. Unfortunately, throughout the night, your subconscious can’t be kept at bay, and, as such, finds it’s owned ways to express your worry.

One of the most common is grinding your teeth. This means that, when you wake up in the morning, your teeth and jaw are left feeling sore and achy. If this is a regular problem for you, you should visit your dentist, who can give you a mouth guard.


Strange Recurring Dreams

Unfortunately, teeth grinding isn’t the only thing you have to deal with while you’re asleep. You might also have to face some strange and vivid dreams, which could come back night after night. Whether you enjoy these dreams or hate them, it’s important that you make a note of what they’re about and try to examine any possible reasons behind them. This could give you an idea of things you need to change your life to reduce your stress levels.


Loss Of Hearing

When you feel stressed, the circulation of blood in your body is disturbed, which can make it difficult for you to hear. This is because the hair cells in your ear need a constant and steady flow of blood to get oxygen. Without this, the hair cells get damaged, often leading to hearing loss.

If this ever happened to you, you should go to an audiologist right away, who might suggest a hearing aid fitting. This will help to improve your hearing and get it back to a normal level.


Lower Back Pain

When you’re stressed, it triggers the release of hormones in your body, putting you into fight or flight mode. This tightens your muscles, as your blood pressure and heart rate are both raised. Of course, this would be useful if you were in danger, but, most of the time, you won’t be, leaving you with pain in your back.

To relieve this, you should get up and start moving around. You also need to stretch your back out by reaching your arms above your head.

Stress presents itself in a number of ways, some obvious and some less so. If you’re suffering from chronic stress and have noticed any of the symptoms above, then you should do what you can to manage and reduce your stress levels. If you’re having trouble with this, make sure that you get some professional help from a doctor or counselor.


Stress is often unavoidable and the effects it has on your life can be detrimental. Sometimes we may even be stressed and unaware of how bad the situation truly is. 

Learning how stress affects your life can be very useful in helping you deal with it as well as a good way to help you distinguish the difference between whether you are facing a dire situation, 

There are many stress-related symptoms that resemble those of other medical ailments, so whenever you are unsure of anything you should talk to your doctor. Never assume you are just stressed and ignore your symptoms.

Stress, when left undealt with, can put you at risk for many health issues such as; anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, and cognitive issues. 

Stress doesn’t affect everyone the same but when you are stressed you should never try to just suppress it without dealing with the issues. You may not be able to totally eliminate stress from your life but you can find ways to better manage it. 

What are some of the ways stress affects you? Share your experiences below.


10 thoughts on “4 Surprising Signs and Symptoms of Stress”

  1. Well…I am not a parent but I do have some of these symptoms…!? Maybe its time to rethink how I deal with stress. Very informative and helpful even if little worrisome. Thank you for the info!

    1. Parents may have different obstacles but everyone has to deal with something stressful. How you deal with stress is important to your overall health. If you feel stress is not being managed and it may be causing other health concerns, then I agree, it is time to rethink how you deal with it. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Thanks for the post, my friend. Going through our daily hustle, I find that it is easy to accumulate stress even unknowingly. Can you give some advice on how we can manage and cope with such stress? Thanks

    1. Hi Mitala,
      We all encounter stress daily even as you said “unknowingly” the best key to dealing with stress is that you can’t eliminate is make healthy outlets or adding things in your life that can help you combat that evil desire of ours to stress out such as using exercise to increase our cortisol hormone or using meditation as a way of distraction. I have many articles on different things that can help you deal with stress from foods to best exercises. Hope this helps!

  3. Stress is a common ailment for all of us. We get stress in one way or the other. But glad that you have shown some very important steps to avoid them.

    I didn’t know that grinding teeth, lower back pain or loss of hearing are affected by Stress.

    This a good article which everybody shouldn’t miss.

    Wishing you all the best of luck and success.

    1. Yes, sadly we all succumb to stress but we can all find ways to overcome it. I myself had no idea that grinding teeth wasn’t apart of stress until I was diagnosed with epilepsy. You would be surprised how many ailments stress can cause or effect. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Hi Melissa,

    Great post. I think I suffer from a bit of stress as I tend to grind my teeth a fair bit. Not heaps but my dentist notices. I am doing a lot of meditation these days and that really helps.

    I also have a bit of lower back pain but I do a lot of running and swimming and just turned 60 haha! meditation certainly helps me de-stress. Thanks for a great post.


    1. Hi Kevin,
      I think we all suffer from stress but the key is managing it so it doesn’t take a toll on our mental and physical health. I too use to grind my teeth but since I have taken steps to eliminate and manage my stress with exercise and diet, I don’t do that anymore. Meditation is great and there are so many types available. I love walking meditation. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Wow this was a really interesting and eye opening article. Come to think it, I have experienced those symptoms during stressful periods of my life but I had never considered that they were related to the stress. This is really useful to know for the future. Stress can have such devastating effects on a persons health. I aim to use these signs to catch it early and hopefully make some changes to my life for the better. All the best and thank you so much for sharing.

    1. I agree with you, stress does have a very devastating effect on your health and it is important to take it seriously. We all have probably experienced one or more of these symptoms and ignored them but knowledge is power. Take care and thanks for the comment!

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