Over the years, I’ve had doctors ask me if I’m stressed.
Perhaps stress is causing my digestive issues. Taxing my immune system.
How does one define stress?
I don’t feel stressed.
I live in a fast-paced city, chasing a career in a fast-moving industry, often involved with several in-progress projects at the same time.
I have an internal messaging system that tells me there will never be enough time or enough of me to do all that needs to be done.
I have a hard time unplugging and unwinding.
Does that sound stressful?!
To me, it just sounds normal.
For years, I have wondered how to accurately measure what is “normal” stress and what isn’t.
Recently, I started developing sores in my mouth and on my lips.
Sometimes, I can easily link them to biting my lip or jamming myself in the mouth with a fork, an occurrence I’d like to say is infrequent, but I pride myself on honesty.
Sometimes, I can’t.
Stress can cause both cold sores and canker sores.
I now have my own personal barometer.
Am I stressed?
Read my lips.