How many of these statements fit you?
“I feel tired in the morning, even after getting 7+ hours of sleep.”
“I get easily annoyed or agitate.”
“I feel exhausted most of the time.”
“It’s difficult to cope with with smallest of issues.”
“I have trouble making clear decisions.”
“I’m lacking the motivation for work, exercise, socializing, etc.”
“I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.”
“I wake up anxious.”
“I tend to over-react to everyday things.”
“I crave sweets, salty, fats and/or alcohol.”
If you checked 4 or more, chances are you’ve turned into the stress-monster. The tricky thing about the stress-monster is that you don’t grow two heads, (even though people may look at you like you have) your skin doesn’t turn green, and you don’t really grow fangs. The stress-monster is a sneaky, harmless-looking creature who wakes groggily out of their cave, rubs their bloodshot eyes, broods over morning emails with their cup of coffee and screams expletives in commuter traffic. The stress-monster is far too busy being stressed to worry about eating properly, grabbing a danish here, a sandwich there, perhaps a meek co-worker as an afternoon snack. Ending their day with takeout and half a six-pack, jumping back on their laptop, sneering at all the ‘happy people’ on Facebook, and finally dragging itself back to its cave only to have a very restless night.