Stress Management

Imagine the next time you join a discussion about stress. When you start sharing the fascinating stress facts below, your friends will be absolutely amazed.

Think about what you’ve read so far. Does it reinforce what you already know about stress? Or was there something completely new? What about the remaining paragraphs?

Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent forgetfulness or your decreased productivity at work. But sometimes stress is to blame. Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. When you recognize common stress symptoms, you can take steps to manage them.

Of course, other potentially serious health problems also can cause some of these symptoms. If you’re not sure if stress is the cause or if you’ve taken steps to control your stress but symptoms continue, see your doctor. Also, if you have chest pain, especially if it occurs during physical activity or is accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, nausea or pain radiating into your shoulder and arm, get emergency help immediately. These signs and symptoms may indicate a heart attack and not simply stress symptoms.

Effects of stress …
… On your body … On your thoughts and feelings … On your behavior
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Chest pain
  • Heart disease
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased immunity
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Worrying
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Feeling insecure
  • Lack of focus
  • Burnout
  • Forgetfulness
  • Overeating
  • Undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Increased smoking
  • Social withdrawal
  • Crying spells
  • Relationship conflicts

If you do have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Stress management can include:

  • Physical activity
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi

Now might be a good time to write down the main points covered above. The act of putting it down on paper will help you remember what’s important about stress.