One of my clients recently took my Burning The Candle At Both Ends program. The client took it because we do personal sessions and basically was just trying it. Surprised, the client’s response was that there was former notion that life was stressful. The client simply thought that the stress (or chaos) was life. Would you be able to spot a stressful life if you knew nothing other than living in chaos and tense situations all of the time? Most people have become so desensitized to what is causing stress in their lives that they have NO IDEA that they are stressed out.
Below are 5 Hints That You May Be Stressed Out and NOT Know it.
1. You’re perpetually sick and just can’t seem to get over it. If it seems like every week you’ve got a cough, sore throat or a fever, you might want to blame your workload or being pulled in too many directions within your personal life.
2. You can’t focus on normal stuff. When you’re too overwhelmed to focus on what’s in front of you, or you can’t remember simple things like a coworker’s name, it could be a sign you’re overworked. Research has connected long-term exposure to excess amounts of cortisol to shrinking of the hippocampus, the brain’s memory center.
3. Back Issues. If you’ve got knots in your shoulders, a stiff neck or your lower back cramped up after a long day of work, it could be the constant of a job or personal situation, not just the position you sit in during the day. If your back pain developed after an accident or emotional trauma, it could also be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The National Institute of Health recommends talking to your primary doctor, as many people aren’t able to heal their back pain until they deal with the emotional stress that’s causing it.
4. Lack of Sex. While you or your partner might not be aware of it, stress and tension are the leading causes of erectile dysfunction or disinterest in sex. If your sex life is off, something within your life is off too.
5. Bald Patches. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease brought on when the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing small round patches of hair loss on the scalp. And yes,this disease is brought on by being stressed.
Want to know more about identifying stress in your life? Please contact me!