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Stress & Stress Management

What is Stress?

Stress is the feeling of worry when you come across a difficult situation. Stress can negatively affect your physical and mental health if not managed properly. There are two different kinds of stress. Acute is a stressor that is for a short period of time. Chronic stress is a stressor that is for a long period of time. Everyone handles stress differently and it is a good idea to find a way to cope with stress that works for you.

What Causes Stress?

  • Situations that threaten your safety, health, or well-being

  • Thoughts or emotions that involve fear of loss

  • Repetitive worry

  • Uncertainty

  • Lack of control over aspects of your life

  • Habitual thought patterns involving negative beliefs

  • Lack of self-efficacy

Symptoms of Stress:

  • Constant worry

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Problems remembering things

  • Hard time making decisions

  • Brain fog

  • Reduced sense of humor

  • Nervousness

  • Loneliness

  • Irritability

  • Sense of purposes

  • Decreased motivation

  • Muscle tension

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Teeth grinding

  • Increased sweating

  • Digestive problems

  • Fidgeting

  • Emotional eating

  • Isolation

  • Withdraw from family or friends

Tips on Managing Stress:

  • Increase awareness of your stressors and stress response

  • Start with what is within your control

  • Use purposeful relaxation strategies

  • Nourish the body and mind

  • Find what you enjoy doing, do it often and regularly

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed (family, social circle, mental health therapist)

Importance of Managing Stress:

Managing your stress is very important to your well-being. Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, stroke, headaches, inflammation, pain, digestive issues, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression if not managed correctly. Take extra good care of yourself. That means you need to give more (not less!) attention to yourself and your own needs when you’re enduring a stressful situation in life. Even if that situation lasts for years. Your physical healing will be slowed by the stress that you are experiencing. Stress isn’t isolated to your mind. Your body experiences it, too. You might be familiar with experiencing the increased neck tension, headaches, or gut discomfort associated with stress. These are common examples of embodied stress experiences. Remember that it is okay to seek help from others when you need it. Find a way to cope with stress that works for you and stick to it.

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