We’re more stressed than ever.
In between the longer work hours, higher house prices and infiltration of screens, oh, I don’t know, everywhere – we’ve found ourselves in a perpetual state of stress; often without even realising.
We know that the odd pimple or ulcer may indicate that we need to find ways to unwind, but what are the more subtle signs that we’re actually completely stressed out?
So glad you asked.
You’re using these words. A lot.
It’s true. The language you use while stressed is different to the language you use when relaxed.
A recent study conducted by the University of Arizona, and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that stressed individuals use a heightened number of adverbs.
Those adverbs include words “so”, “very” and “really”. The findings also indicated that stressed people use less third-person plural pronouns, such as “they” or “their”.
The study noted that this may be due to the fact we’re less inclined to think about others when we feel under personal threat.
You’re craving certain foods.
Oh, how ironic that ‘stressed’ is ‘desserts’ backwards.
While some may lose their appetite when under pressure, for many it’s a problem of eating too much. Ever heard the term ‘stress eating’? Yep – that’s a legitimate thing.
Sugary and salty foods are often what people reach for when under the pump, but there’s a rather simple way to combat this.