The body language signs of stress



  • 1 Tapping with hands or legs

    When a person gets stressed, they might start tapping on the floor with their legs or tapping with their hands on the table. See body language of anxiety

  • 2 Leg shaking

    Shaking one leg up and down repeatedly is one of the signs of stress in body language. While some people do this as a habit, others do it when they get stressed.

  • 3 Rubbing the face

    When a person gets stressed or frustrated, they might rub their face with one hand. This is usually an indication that the person is stressed and experiencing negative emotions.

  • 4 Rubbing the back of the neck

    Rubbing the back of the neck is a clear sign of frustration in body language. Because stress might be accompanied with frustration, a stressed person might rub their necks. See also the body language of confidence.

  • 5 Nail biting

    Nail biting is a sign of stress and anxiety. When a person gets stressed and anxious, they might start biting their nails.

  • 6 Sweating

    When a person gets stressed, they might start sweating more. This can be noticed by the way their skins reflect light changes.

  • 7 Tense muscles

    Stress can make the muscles more tense and thus the person's movements might be restricted. The person might also do many knee-jerk moves. See the body language of surprise.

  • 8 Frequent nose touching

    Touching the nose in body language is a gesture that indicates the presence of negative thoughts. When a person gets stressed, they are more likely to think negatively and to have negative thoughts. See why people touch their noses while speaking.

  • 9 Fast breathing rate

    When a person gets stressed, they are very likely to breath fast. This fast breathing rate can be noticed in the movement of the shoulders.

  • 10 Scratching different body parts

    When a person gets stressed, they might scratch random body parts with their hands. This is a sign of both stress and frustration.