I wanted to blog about the affects stress has on your body. According to WebMD, Stress is any change in the environment that requires your body to react and adjust in response. Stress is a normal part of life, their are good and bad forms of stress. There is positive stress like getting a job promotion, and negative stress like when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation. If the person doesn’t know how to deal with it properly they can become overworked and stress-related tension builds. Stress can have physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Some people tend to use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try to relieve their stress. Instead of it helping it tends to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems. “Consider this: -Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress. -Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. -Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety. -The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually. -The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.” Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Recognizing common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Common effects of stress on your body can be fatigue, change in sex drive, sleep problems, chest pain. Common effects of stress on your mood can be anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, sadness or depression, irritability or anger, lack of motivation or focus. Common effects of stress on your behavior can be angry outbursts, drug or alcohol abuse, overeating or undereating, social withdrawal, exercising less often. Some stress management strategies are: Regular physical activity, relaxing techniques such as deep breathing, keeping a sense of humor, socializing with family and friends, and setting aside time for hobbies, such as reading a book or listening to music. Find active ways to manage your stress. Inactive ways you may use to manage stress-such as watching television, surfing the internet or playing video games-may seem relaxing, but they may increase your stress over time. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy balanced diet. According to National Institute of Mental Health here are some ways to cope with stress. -Seek help from a qualified mental health care provider if you are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, have suicidal thoughts, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope. -Get proper health care for existing or new health problems. -Stay in touch with people who can provide emotional and other support. Ask for help from family and friends. -Recognize signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy. -Avoid dwelling on problems. -Explore stress coping programs, which may incorporate meditation, yoga, tai chi, or other gently exercises. This is why it is very important to recognize stress and try to get help for it as soon as possible.



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