Dreams. Whatever I’m stressing about comes out in my dreams. Last night I was dreaming about packing suitcases (I’m planning a vacation), escaping from a flood (guess where that came from), catching my cats (to save from a flood), and making a salad (I’m having guests for dinner tonight), among other things. It was a very restless night.
I don’t think I have any physical indicators of stress. I’m another one who plays with her hair, but I do that all of the time … it’s more a sign of being tired/bored than stressed. (I’m actually very bad about it, to the point where I’ve damaged part of my hair. Horrible habit that I just cannot seem to break.) I do talk in my sleep, and I’d be willing to bet that when I’m stressed I talk more, but I have no means of conducting an experiment to prove my hypothesis.
I definitely have at least one psychological indicator of stress: apathy. I’m usually fairly engaged in whatever I’m doing, or whatever my current task is (be it work- or school-related), but when I’m overloaded I just stop caring. When I have frequent urges to just sit on the couch and veg in front of some X-Files DVDs with a bowl of peanut M&M’s, I know that I’m getting too stressed.
I do also, I just do it excessively and constantly when stressed. I tried to break it once, until my aunt told me I was doing it in my crib. I gave up, figuring no way I was going to be able to break it.
I hear clock chimes. It started almost 5 years ago and lasted a few months. Then I didn’t hear anything forever, but a few months ago I started hearing them again. It went away after a couple weeks, but they’re back now.