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Signs of Stress That Aren't Obvious

By Sara Butler

Life can be very hectic, and all the commitments you have in your life can be stressful. With all the pressure many people feel in their daily lives, it can still be difficult to pinpoint just how stress is manifesting itself. Stress doesn’t impact any two people the same. Here are some signs of stress you may have that’s aren’t so obvious.


Stress and anxiety seem to go hand in hand. Where you find one you are almost certainly guaranteed to find the other. The physical symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Muscle tension
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

You can combat anxiety and stress in your life by applying relaxation techniques and finding ways to manage the stressors in your life more appropriately.


Impatience can be a sign that things are getting stressful in your life. You may find you’re becoming irritable, anxious, and impulsive. You may also find you have physical symptoms such as:

  • Hand clenching
  • Muscle tension
  • Shallow breathing

If you are exhibiting symptoms of impatience due to stress you should try to find the trigger behind it. Make a list of things that make you feel impatient and see if you can either minimize contact with them or avoid them altogether.

You Lose Your Temper

If you’re in a stressful state of mind then your capacity to deal with things can diminish. You lose your temper and feel anger in an almost overwhelming way. This results in difficulty communicating, which leads you right to actions you might later regret. This will only add more stress to the situation.

You can try to control these feelings by taking a break when you feel your temper start to slip; take some deep breaths away from the situation. Hopefully, removing yourself from the circumstances will help you to regain control and restore clearer thinking.

You Procrastinate

Why put off today what you can put off tomorrow? Many people procrastinate, and if you’re under a lot of pressure, that can cause you to procrastinate even more. The problem is this can have a big impact on your personal and professional life, so it’s not a great coping mechanism for stress. In fact, getting behind on your responsibilities will only add to the overall stress you are under.

The best way to overcome your penchant for procrastination is to make a schedule for yourself, scheduling both fun and work activities to help get you back on track.

Have you noticed any of these signs of stress? Be on the lookout so you can nip these stressed-out behaviors in the bud!

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