HOROSCOPE SIGNS: What Stress Looks Like for Every Sign


Aries

You may be prone to reacting brashly in the moment. Your response to stress is likely to be one of frustration because you view stress as impeding forward motion. You tend to shift out of the stressful feeling as quickly as you entered it, dropping or forgetting what upset you soon after. Acknowledging this and learning to let the stress pass before acting may be a lesson that you have to work on throughout your life.

Taurus

You may not have emotions that you'd really quantify as stress very often, Taurus. In fact, you tend to be a pro at compartmentalizing that which might otherwise stress you out, or even rejecting it outright. A Taurus may just want to tap out of that and engage in something that feels good instead.

That's a product of your appreciation for habit, harmony, and comfort. If your routine is shaken and you do sense stress start to bubble up, remember to return to what remains constant: Practice solitude, eat to feel nourished, and engage in self-care. If you are physically comfortable, whatever may be stressing you out is going to feel much, much more manageable.

Gemini

The very same thing that brings you joy as an intellect-driven air sign—collecting, consuming, and disseminating ideas—can swing the other direction when it's taken too far, creating a kind of information overload or overwhelm. This often looks like a kind of buzzy anxiety or a sense of being totally ungrounded.

As a result, you could find yourself over-communicating or intellectualizing your stressful emotions into lengthy emails or texts, who suggests turning to journaling to unload your thoughts instead. You could also soothe an overactive nervous system by going back to one of your favorite pieces of media or entertainment, perhaps re-reading a book you loved or re-watching an old TV show.

Cancer

You're perhaps the sign best known for emotional depth, which can certainly work against you when stress arises. You might be tempted to hide in your shell and protect your soft interior at all costs. And this tendency to hold your feelings inside could lead to more upset and confusion over time, particularly if it causes you to lose your capacity to care for others in the way that you naturally love to do.

The best way to avoid that is to create a physical outlet for the stress to break free, whether that's crying, screaming, dancing, or something else entirely.

Leo

Your identity and ego are closely wrapped up with your emotional state, Leo. And that means any threat to your reputation is a surefire source of stress. But however stress might bubble up for you, it often spawns a feeling of self-doubt in its wake. Essentially, the negative emotion could lead you to question your value and to search for affirmations of your inherent worthiness, whether from within or from others. These can help return your typical vitality and stable sense of self.

Virgo

Stress often shows up in a physical way for you, Virgo. Given your sign rules over both the digestive system and parts of the nervous system—both of which are highly impacted by stressful situations—you're notorious for getting a stomachache, tension headache, or some other bodily pain when stress hits.

Generally, that's a reflection of how you process anything disorganized, unstable, or otherwise out of your control. But simply acknowledging that that's the case and working to regulate your nervous system can help, even if that's just by spending time outside without your phone.

Libra

Whenever things feel out of whack, off-kilter, or disharmonious among your relationships, stress is bound to creep up for you, Libra. As the diplomats of the zodiac, Libra moons are allergic to hostility, preferring to let any tense situation mellow out first, rather than talking through it. You can also become easily overwhelmed by greater injustices or feel helpless when it comes to solving them.

In either case, doing one small thing to help restore peace, fairness, or beauty to a situation can work wonders for your psyche. That might mean speaking to a friend with whom you're in conflict, rather than shutting them out; or, in the second case, donating a bit of money to an organization working to right a larger wrong.

Scorpio

Like fellow water-bearer Cancer, you feel things deeply and intensely—which can make stress a visceral and even painful experience. If it's allowed to fester, it can affect your emotions in other scenarios or trickle into physical pain, too.

Instead, she suggests practicing what she calls emotional composting within a safe container, like with a trusted friend or psychotherapist. Just like compost is this discarded stuff that has been allowed to rot and that we then use to fertilize that which we wish to grow, emotional compost consists of the stressful feelings that we can redirect toward something that feels regenerative and healthy.

Sagittarius

You could find yourself very tempted to avoid or repress stress at all costs, Sagittarius. To you, the perpetual explorer and adventurer, stress is mostly a boring and tedious thing. And the stagnancy of feeling stressed can cause you to reject the stressful thing entirely (even if it does need to be dealt with). Instead, you might choose to do something else in the meantime—something that makes you feel alive, engaged, and reconnected to your potential and then plan to return to the stressful issue with more vim and vigor as a result.

Capricorn

As the classic workhorse sign of the zodiac, you don't necessarily ignore stress or react brashly to it, but rather, you power right through it. Capricorn have this, 'We're just going to keep going,' mentality, so when they're stressed, the response can be to work even harder. Of course, that can quickly leave you even more diminished, physically or emotionally. And that's why re-nourishing yourself is all the more important when stress shows up. At the end of the day, stress reduces the resources that you have available to actually do the things that you need and want to be doing.

Aquarius

Distance and even coldness are your most typical stress responses, Aquarius. The cerebral detachedness of Aquarius, as a sign, paired with a moon placement, leads you to freeze or fly, rather than fighting, scrabbling, or otherwise having a more active expression of stress.

To counteract that, search for heady inspiration and reminders of your core values, as well as ways that you can put those values into practice. Consider how much of this particular stress that you're feeling may be because your important intellectual or social values are not being attended to, met, or appreciated.

Pisces

Like a sponge soaking up others' feelings, you can quickly become depleted by being too resonant, aware, connected, or moved by things outside of yourself. Perhaps your empathetic tendency could benefit from some boundaries? You'll know you've gone beyond what is acceptable if you have that sensation of, I don't know where the line is between me and this other person, you can't actually identify for yourself what you might need under certain stressful circumstances, or you just feel like you're dissolving in some way. Separating yourself from the situation, even if just for a few minutes, will give you an opportunity to re-center and re-ground.


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