To find out if you’re stressed, just feel the nape of your neck with the palm of your hand!
One direct physical effect of anxiety is decreasing blood flow to peripheral areas like the skin at the back of your neck. This causes reduction in blood flow and therefore a decrease in skin temperature that is noticeably cooler to the touch.
If the area between your shoulder blades feels cooler than your forearms or hands, you are stressed! Perhaps the saying ‘hot under the collar’ should have been ‘cool under the collar’!
Take time to relax. Make it your habit!