Stress is a natural, automatic physical reaction to fear, change, pressure or threats. It can be positive and healthy when it gives you extra energy or concentration to tackle a difficult situation or task.

When stress is ongoing and intense, however, your mind and body never get a chance to rest and get back to normal.

Sources of stress are all around us

From kids to jobs to traffic jams, the sources of stress are all around us.

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  • Family problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Money problems
  • New home or baby
  • Death of a loved one
  • Illness
  • Divorce or separation
  • Layoff at work
  • New job or boss
  • Meeting or school deadlines
  • Conflict with co-workers
  • Weather
  • Traffic jams
  • Overcrowding
  • Noise levels

Knowing the symptoms of stress

Too much stress over a long period can create health problems such as high blood pressure, ulcers, allergies and stroke. It can affect your thinking and take a toll on your emotional well-being. Symptoms include:

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  • Nervousness
  • Nail biting
  • Perspiration
  • Cold hands
  • Lack of energy
  • Headaches
  • Pounding heart
  • Upset stomach
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Changes in sleeping, eating and sexual habits
  • Inability to concentrate or make decisions

How to manage or reduce stress

It can be as simple as a walk around the block or deep breathing. Here are several techniques to try:

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  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Get the right amount of sleep
  • Spend time on a hobby every day
  • Eat right: cut back on sugar, salt and fatty foods
  • Identify stressful situations and your reaction to them
  • Share your worries with a co-worker, friend or family member
  • Take a break: leave enough time each day to do nothing
  • Plan realistic goals and manage your time, priorities and projects wisely
  • Relax with deep breathing and stretching exercises
  • Maintain a positive attitude

Still feeling overwhelmed? We can help.

Sometimes, the causes of stress may be hard to identify. Let us help you discover why you’re stressed and give you appropriate methods to manage it. If you’d like to meet with one of our counselors, contact your local Allwell Counseling Center for information, or call 855-231-0502 for an appointment.