Signs You’re More Stressed Than You Think

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Signs You’re More Stressed Than You Think
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In today’s world, many of us lead stressful lives. It could be your job, an illness, personal relationships, a feeling of not having a purpose.

While feeling bogged down from time to time is normal, chronic stress that impacts your life negatively can have serious repercussions. Over time, we’re so accustomed to the pressure that we normalize it. You ignore signs that you’re burning out. We attribute the headaches to the need for new spectacles; we overlook the backaches and so on.

Here are some signs you’re more stressed than you realize.

Concentration Problems

When you’re in a stressful situation, it triggers the body’s fight-or-flight response. Stress hormones such as cortisol flood the system. This can not only interfere with learning and retention, but also cause an increase in blood cholesterol level.

If you deal with chronic stress, you might have difficulty concentrating on everyday tasks. Elevated stress levels could also take a toll on your academic/work performance as it hinders the ability to focus.

Weight Fluctuations

The hormone cortisol is also linked to weight fluctuations. Acute stress patterns are associated with the increase and decrease of weight. Chronic stress, on the other hand, may cause weight gain.

This is because cortisol has a significant impact on your hunger levels. When the body’s cortisol levels are high, blood sugar levels drop, making you crave sugary foods.

Frequent Tension Headaches

A stressful lifestyle can lead to tension headaches. In fact, this type of headache is one of the most commonly reported kinds. Some symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Dull and persistent pain on either (or both) sides of the head
  • Tenderness of the neck or shoulders
  • Constant pressure around the head region

If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs, it’s time to focus on rest and relaxation.

Behavioral Changes

It’s possible to feel overwhelmed when you’re under pressure. You might find it hard to start work on time. You could be exhibiting nervous behaviors such as biting your nails or moving from one task to another without completing anything.

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

– Epictetus

There are numerous ways to handle stress. You can start by using effective stress relief techniques such as yoga, exercise and meditation. A great way to de-stress for the long run is to listen to Steve Gilliland’s speeches. He incorporates inspiring anecdotes with witty humor to help audiences deal with personal and professional stress.

Steve is one of the best and most award-winning professional motivational speakers in the world. His content-rich speeches, presentations and webinars cover a range of topics from boosting workplace productivity to achieving personal goals.

Looking for high-impact keynotes to inspire your team and help drive your organization toward its goals? Hire public speaker Steve Gilliland. For details and further inquiries, contact him at 724-540-5019 or 866-445-5452.

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