You break out in hives
If you’re suddenly covered in itchy red bumps, stress (not allergies) might be to blame. When your body experiences excessive stress (for either a short or long period of time) your immune system gets wonky and your body starts releasing the chemical histamine to fight off your ailment. If the stress doesn’t go away, you essentially develop an allergic reaction and, boom, hives galore. When your immune system is weakened by stress, your skin can also become irritated by things it never used to be sensitive to, such as soap, cold or heat, lotions, or laundry detergent.
WHAT TO DO: Put a cool, damp towel on the affected area. if that doesn’t work, take an antihistamine.
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Your weight starts to fluctuate
“Stress triggers the release of the hormone cortisol, which impairs your body’s ability to process blood sugar and changes the way you metabolize fat, protein, and carbs, which can lead to weight gain or loss,” says Shanna Levine, MD, a primary care physician and clinical instructor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Stress can also cause people to engage in unhealthy behaviors like overeating or undereating.
WHAT TO DO: Snack on nuts. The protein will help if you’re undereating, and the fiber will fill you up if you’ve been bingeing. You might also try one of the 14 foods that reduce stress.