Stress has effects on our bodies, our mood and our behavior.   It’s important to  learn how to identify stress and take action to reduce or manage your stress.  Some of the best ways to deal with stress are as follows:

  • Make a point to exercise regularly.
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing exercises
  • Laugh
  • Spend time with those you love — friends and family.
  • Take on a hobby and set aside time to enjoy them!
  • Minimize your time watching TV and cruising the Internet
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Avoid tobacco, excessive caffeine  and alcohol.

How to Identify Stress

Effects of Stress on the Body

  • Headache
  • Muscle Tension and Pain
  • Chest Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach Issues
  • Sleep Interruption

Effect of Stress on our Mood

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Trouble with Focus
  • Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Irritability
  • Sadness and depression

Effect of Stress on Your Behavior

  • Unhealthy eating patterns
  • Outbursts of Anger
  • Drug or Alcohol Misuse
  • Tobacco Use
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Lack of Excercise

Five Common Health Problems Related to Stress

  1. Heart Disease.
  2. Obesity.
  3. Diabetes.
  4. Asthma
  5. Depression.