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Signs You Have A Lot Of Stress, Though You Don’t Even Notice It

Signs You Have A Lot Of Stress, Though You Don’t Even Notice It

Are You Stressed? It May Not Be Obvious

You might think it’s obvious if you are feeling stressed – we all know what it’s like to feel anxious and frantic, right? Sometimes it is indeed apparent that we feel overwrought. On the other hand, sometimes our bodies try and let us know that we are under stress well before our minds catch up! Long-term stress has a negative effect on your health, so it’s important to spot physical manifestations early in order to tackle root causes quickly. Read on to discover some hidden signs of stress.

You Get Tired Easily

The mental strain of dealing with high stress levels takes its toll on your body, and just a few days of chronic stress is enough to induce fatigue. Rumination, poor sleep, negative thinking and a poor diet often co-exist, and it’s a deadly combination that can add up to serious fatigue. Studies reported in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research demonstrate that poor sleepers are more likely to report an inability to concentrate and experience daytime tiredness, than those who enjoy a regular sleep pattern. If you feel tired even during periods of low productivity, you may well have been trying to take on too much work or too many duties.

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If you recognize any of these signs, it could be time to stop and assess your stress levels. Is there any chance that you are in denial about your stress levels? Listen to what your body is telling you and remember that there is no shame in reaching out to loved ones or a professional if life feels overwhelming.

You Have Trouble Sleeping

If you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, this could be a sign that you have far too many things to think about. Another classic sleep problem related to stress is the tendency to wake up a couple of hours before your alarm goes off, and not being able to get back to sleep. Bad dreams, especially those in which you are attempting to complete a task but encounter numerous obstacles, is another typical sign of stress.

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You Have A Fluctuating Appetite

Sometimes when we are stressed, we hardly feel like eating anything. Yet on other occasions, a feeling of being overwhelmed can result in cravings for sugary or fatty food such as pizza and cookies. Some people even find that they fluctuate between the two extremes. Research in this area suggests that there is a complex set of associations between mood and food intake. For instance, a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology shows that women prone to stress are more likely to increase their consumption of sweet foods when they feel anxious.

Your Temper Flares Up

When you are stressed, you may feel as though you are running on a short fuse. You are so consumed by your worries and the million things whizzing around your head, that it takes very little – a snide remark, a minor frustration at work – to take you over the edge. When you find yourself getting into heated arguments or raging at traffic jams every morning, it’s time to take a good look at your overall stress level.

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You Move Quickly

Even though stress may make you feel tired, the irritability it brings often results in tense and frantic movements. You may realize that you are walking more quickly than usual, even when you have no pressing appointments. Other signs include tapping your feet impatiently for no obvious reason and drumming your fingers against tabletops. You may also shred pieces of paper or chew your pen without noticing.

You Can’t Focus

This is one of the biggest signs of stress. When we are overwhelmed, it can seem as though everything is competing for our attention at the same time. This triggers feelings of anxiety and panic, which in turn make it even harder to focus. As a result, a stressed person finds it nearly impossible to channel their attention towards one task or issue for any significant period of time. Stressed people may even lose their ability to retain information they have just heard or read, as their existing worries demand all their cognitive resources.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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