Try this test to see if stress if affecting you in more ways than you realise.

The Test For Stress

  1. Raise both arms out and back with your thumbs up. Make sure they are out of your peripheral vision.
  2. One at a time bring an arm forward until you can see it in your peripheral vision (make sure you are focusing at a point on the wall).
  3. Repeat on the other side.

Ideally, we should to be able to only just see our hands and notice they’re not that far in front of the shoulder.


When we get stressed, our Sympathetic Nervous System activates and one of the interesting things it does (for survival) is that it directs our body’s focus away from digesting food, reproducing, healing and regenerating, to a focus of running away or fighting.

When we focus on running away or fighting, we increase stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, our blood vessels constrict, and our visual fields get smaller (I like ‘more focused’). In turn in the test we will see our hands further out.

This is great when we are playing footy or running away from a snake but not great long term for our health.

How did you go? How far did your hands go before you noticed them?

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