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4 Signs You’re Under High Stress (Though You Don’t Even Notice It)

4 Signs You’re Under High Stress (Though You Don’t Even Notice It)

Have you ever gotten the feeling you’re just totally done with your job, a relationship, or your current living conditions? When it happens, it usually floods you all at once. You just hit a point when you can’t take it anymore — you’re burnt out.

Except, it doesn’t actually happen all at once. Your body does give you signs to let you know something isn’t right and needs to be changed — you just have to listen to the signs!

Here are 4 signs you’re incredibly stressed even though you may not realize it.

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1. You get tired very easily

Remember the days when you could stay up all night working after working all day? Or go to a party after a 16 hour shift?

If those days are long gone, then you may be experiencing a lot of stress. Of course, your body shouldn’t normally be able to handle working all day and night; but you shouldn’t feel drained after just a few hours, either.

Science says that some people respond to stress by becoming incredibly tired, or even falling asleep on the spot! Stress causes long-term wear on your body, which increases fatigue. High levels of stress can keep your body in a constant fight-or-flight state, making you even more tired.

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2. You overreact a lot

“They forgot my dang fries! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS!!”

We all know someone who’s overreacted to something incredibly minuscule that could easily be fixed. But are we a culprit ourselves?

If you or someone close to you has noticed you’ve been overreacting lately, it might be a sign you’re getting overly stressed and on the path to burnout. If this is the case, you should take some time to sit and think about what might be stressing you out and how you can resolve the root cause.

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3. You’ve been sweating more often than usual

My girlfriend and I are moving this week and we’ve been doing a LOT of packing and heavy lifting… and we’ve been sweating like crazy. Sure, it’s been hot and humid and we’ve been moving big stuff like dressers, but I was sweating almost as much as I did when I was doing hot yoga (if you’ve ever done hot yoga, you know how this feels).

The reason we sweat more often under stress is because the stress is causing our bodies to heat up. Sweating is a natural bodily coolant whenever our internal organs are overheating.

Next time you’re sweating a lot, reflect a little. There may be a bigger underlying cause then exercise or hot weather.

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4. You talk to yourself a lot, and you’re not saying good things

People who are stressed out tend to talk to themselves a lot. Sometimes the talk may be positive, but the majority of the time this stressed out self-talk is negative, and you put yourself down.

If you’re a big self-talker, it may be hard to recognize this. If you rarely self-talk, it shouldn’t be too hard. The key is not how much you do it, but rather, what you’re actually saying. If it’s negative, that obviously needs to be changed whether you’re stressed out or not.

If we can learn to turn this self-talk into positive, reinforcing language, it can actually undo the stress that caused it in the first place! Here’s a short guide by Psychology Today about making your self-talk work for you.

Do you show any of these 4 signs? All of them? None of them?

If this article has opened your eyes to the reality that you’re stressed, please share it with others so we can help as many people as possible.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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