Stress

Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives. Everyone experiences stress to some degree. The way we respond to stress, however, makes a big difference to our overall well-beingĀ¹. Stress can be defined as a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situationĀ¹.

Stress can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetesĀ³.

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(1) Stress – WHO. https://www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/stress.
(2) Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior – Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987.
(3) Stress: Signs, Symptoms, Management & Prevention – Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/11874-stress.

Here are some of the most common physical symptoms of stress:
– Muscular tension (tight shoulders, back, or jaw)
– Headache
– Gastrointestinal symptoms, including acid reflux, stomachache, constipation, or diarrhea
– Increased blood pressure and heart rate
– Sweating
– Dry mouth
– Heart palpitations or arrhythmia
– Lowered immunity ā€” you may be more prone to infectionĀ¹.

Stress can also lead to emotional and mental symptoms like:
– Anxiety
– Depression
– Irritability or anger
– Restlessness
– Lack of motivation or focus
– Feeling overwhelmedāµ.

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(1) The Most Common Symptoms of Stress | Everyday Health. https://www.everydayhealth.com/stress/guide/symptoms/.
(2) Stress: Signs, Symptoms, Management & Prevention – Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/11874-stress.
(3) 20 Signs And Symptoms Of Stress – AnxietyCentre.com. https://www.anxietycentre.com/tips/20-signs-and-symptoms-of-stress/.
(4) Stress – Every Mind Matters – NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-health-issues/stress/.
(5) Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior – Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987.
(6) 11 Signs and Symptoms of Too Much Stress – Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/stress-symptoms.

Here are some ways to manage stress:
– Exercise regularly
– Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or tai chi
– Keeping a positive attitude
– Accepting that there are events that you cannot control
– Asserting your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive-aggressiveĀ³.

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(1) Stress Management: Ways to Prevent and Relieve Stress – WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-management.
(2) Best ways to manage stress – Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/best-ways-to-manage-stress.
(3) 15 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety – Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/16-ways-relieve-stress-anxiety.

Here are some ways to prevent stress:
– Identify triggers. Try to identify what triggers your stress and how you react to it. You may be able to avoid some of the triggers and learn to prepare for or manage others.
– Build strong relationships. Relationships can be a source of stress. Research has found that negative, hostile reactions with your spouse cause immediate changes in stress-sensitive hormones. On the other hand, good relationships can help you cope with stress.
– Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Make time for hobbies and interests.
– Learn to relax. Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga can help reduce stress.

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Here are some ways to reduce stress:
– Exercise regularly
– Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or tai chi
– Keeping a positive attitude
– Accepting that there are events that you cannot control
– Asserting your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive-aggressive.

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