"I don't feel that stressed," he told me.
As I scanned my list of notes, a few red flags jumped out at me...
We were about 30 minutes into our call, and it was becoming clear that he may be a person who wasn't outwardly affected by stress, but his body and mind were telling a different story.
Much of the conversations around stress focus on VISIBLY stressed humans - but unprocessed or acknowledged stress comes with consequences as well. Perhaps the worst part is that in most cases, the person isn't even aware how their stress is affecting their life.
HIDDEN SIGNS OF STRESS
The brain wants to protect the body. Even when we don't realize it, our body is utilizing checkpoints to keep us at homeostasis - metabolism, energy or stress - so learning to interpret the signals is KEY.
And as an important side not, medicating with food, alcohol, tv or social media is a short-term coping strategy with long-term consequences. Full stop.