Stress is as much a part of American culture as a cheeseburger and fries … and it can be just as risky to your health. Even if you aren’t facing any major troubles, just going about your daily routine — getting the kids ready for school, driving to the office, trying to hook up phone service, etc. – can expose you to loads of it.
At the least, stress is a nuisance and just plain doesn’t feel good. It can manifest in a number of different ways. You may:
- Feel distracted or anxious
- Worry excessively
- Feel nervous
- Be tired or irritable
- Gain weight
That’s right — just being stressed out can cause you to gain weight, according to the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. “Under stress, people conserve more fat, and we think that may be what’s going on here,” says psychologist and study co-author Tené Lewis of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.