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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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