4 signs of stress you probably never knew or noticed.
Obvious signs of stress include anxiety, short temper and impatience; but are you familiar with the less obvious, almost invisible signs? Turns out you should be. Many Americans go through their day-to-day lives, exhibiting behaviors which may all be linked to one thing—stress. And as we know, stress when left unchecked can contribute to a host of negative events from heart attack and disease to general unhappiness with life.
Let’s play this game. You know you are super stressed when …
1. When you burp frequently. If you’re swallowing air and immediately burping it up again, you’re most likely breathing shallowly, something associated with both anxiety and stress. If you’re chewing gum frequently, you’ll want to give that up, but the best thing you can do is pay more attention to your breathing and try to take full breaths with an even inhale and exhale.
2. When you are feeling forgetful. Occasional bouts of forgetfulness can be excusable, but if you find that you’re having a hard time remembering essential things you should look to your stress level. If you’re overworked, or exhausted, you don’t have the mental capacity to hold onto the things you need to. Read John Ratey, MD’s book, Spark: The Evolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, for more details and tips, too.
3. When your exercise routine is exhausting. If you used to be able to exercise and feel a relief of stress, but no longer get the release, you may be burnt out. When your adrenal glands are overworked, you have very little to fuel extra exertion. Be mindful of fatigue and listen to your body. Try something gentle that focuses on breathing instead—like yoga.
4. When Coffee has “stopped working”. If you can drink coffee anytime of day, yet still sleep, chances are you’re overly tired (and stressed). Although it may seem harmless, you’re actually interrupting your natural calming mechanisms, putting your body into overdrive. Take a break from the joe and sip calming chamomile instead.
By Melissa Williams