FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – According to Twitter data from March 1 to June 1, Texans are stressed out.

Geotagged Twitter data shows tweets and hashtags about being stressed or stressed out.

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Analysts tracked 300,000 tweets with phrases like “I’m stressed out,” “too much stress,” or hashtags such as #stressedout and #stressed and Texas had the most such posts.

The last three months have been tumultuous with COVID-19 and most recently the nationwide protests over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis Police custody.

According the above map, put together by health site, southern states seem to be feeling more stress regionally than any other area.

The top 10 most stressed out states from the last three months are as follows:

1. Texas
2. Hawaii
3. North Carolina
4. Georgia
5. Mississippi
6. Alabama
7. California
8. Nebraska
9. West Virginia
10. Arizona

Leigh Richardson, founder of Brain Performance Center in Dallas and author of “Turn Your Brain On to Get Your Game on” says we are stressed out because of the uncertainty with the rising coronavirus numbers.

“A lot of people are stressed because of the uncertainty and right now we have gotten through the first wave and we may have a second wave coming,” she said.

People handle stress differently and should try to identify their signs and signals for stress.

“Pay attention to what is going on with your body,” she said.

“Is your mouth really dry, are you fidgety, biting your nails, hand cold. all of those are physiological changes that happen to your body when you are stressed out.”

She says if we don’t manage our stress, it can lead to mental health problems like depression and substance abuse

Some of the signs of stress include:

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Shallow breathing

Cold hand and feet

Tensed muscles



Problems with sleep

“When we get stressed out our body goes into the fight or flight mode. We get tensed up. We worry ruminate our thoughts more often,” Richardson said.

To combat stress she said:

Prioritize your commitment and work load

Let go of things beyond your control

Keep a positive attitude

Schedule time for stress relief.

Richardson says let you family and friends know your signs and signals for stress.

They can help you calm down if they are aware.

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Deep breathing for 10 minutes, a talk with friend or a simple walk out in the neighborhood can help relieve stress.