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Stress Might Be Affecting You More Than You Think

04/15/2019

We all experience stress whether it be from school, work, your significant other or even your kids. You may think this stress comes and goes, but it can be affecting your health more than you think. When you feel stressed you develop a feeling of emotional or physical tension. If gone untreated, your stress can lead to further health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity or diabetes. You may feel like you’re just having a common cold, or it’s just a headache, when in reality you could be experiencing stress symptoms. It is important to know what stress symptoms are so you can put an end to them and get help treating them.

The Effect Stress Has on Your Body

  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Problems sleeping

The Effect Stress Has on Your Mood

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Unable to focus
  • Overwhelmed feeling
  • Irritability
  • Sadness

The Effect Stress Has on Your Behavior

  • Overeating or undereating
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Social withdrawal
  • Exercising less often

How to Manage Your Stress Symptoms

Getting active is a great way to manage your stress. Exercising is a healthy outlet to let your stress out. Doing activities with friends such as going for a walk, going to the beach or just going to dinner is a great way to stay social and get your mind off of the stress. Relaxation can be a big help to relieving stress. Deep breathing, meditation or getting involved in yoga has shown to help with stress. It is important to keep up your favorite hobbies. Listening to music or reading a book is a way for you to stick to your normal schedule while handling your stress.

When to Find Help

It takes some time to manage your stress. If you have done everything you can think of and you are still feeling the effects of stress, it may be time to seek help. Taking a visit to your doctor can help rule out any other possible causes of your symptoms. If stress is what is causing your symptoms, your doctor can refer you to a great therapist or counselor who can help you manage the stress. Our team at Greenville Psychiatric Associates can find you the answers you’re looking for. Don’t let stress eat away at your life. Come in and we can help you identify your stressors and teach you the best ways to cope with them. Call us today to schedule an appointment!