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Are You Addicted to Stress?

Five signs that stress may be in control of your life

Lets be real: Each and every one of us has stress “ some kind of stress! “ in their life. Recent studies, however, have found that many woman are so fueled by stress, they may be addicted to it. Here are a few signs that you may be addicted.

1. You cannot focus on conversations

We’re not talking about gossip with your hairdresser, here. If you find yourself unable to focus on your husband talking about his new promotion, your best friend talking about her vacation or your child talking about a school assignment, you may be more than just stressed. If you are constantly thinking about the things you have to do “ so much so that you cannot focus on anything else “ you may be addicted to stress. 

2. You always feel rushed and impatient

Waiting in line at the bank is tedious. Waiting at a red light is just annoying. However, waiting for your debit transaction to go through should not make you think of all the things you could be doing, all the things you could be getting done, in those few seconds. This kind of impatience is not only irrational but dangerous.

3. You want to be in charge of everything

You know when you’re up to your eyebrows in paperwork or elbow-deep in cupcake batter and you think, Why couldn’t I have just said ˜No’? It happens to the best of us but if you find it happening to you a lot, you could be addicted to stress. Taking on too many things at once is a one-way ticket to regret!

4. You brag about how busy you are

If you find yourself saying things like, I don’t know what I would do with myself if I weren’t so busy! and You think you’re busy! I have to¦ there is a good chance you have a stress addiction. This isn’t just venting. It’s bragging. For a person who is addicted to stress, a busy schedule is like a status symbol.

5. Your have nervous habits

You may be able to put on a perky, energetic face in the morning but stress shows in other ways. Things like biting your nails, cracking your knuckles, grinding or clenching your teeth, fidgeting, pacing “ even smoking! “ are a sure sign of stress and maybe even a stress addiction.

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