Life is full of stress. It is a normal response when you are faced with a challenge, deadlines, demands, or new experiences. You are not alone. Everyone feels stress, adults, teens, and even kids. Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. However, stress should not become so overwhelming that your quality of life is disrupted. If stress symptoms are not identified, they can lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.
Stress on Your Body
Stress on Your Mood
Lack of motivation or focus
Sadness or depression
Stress on Your Behavior
Overeating or undereating
Drug or alcohol abuse
Stress management is an important skill to have in taking care of your mind and body. Stress looks different for everyone. Learning to recognize your body’s signs and responses to stress is key. If you have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Here are some suggestions to help restore balance with your stress level.
Ideas for Stress Busters
- Get enough sleep (7-9 hours)
- Get regular physical activity (30 minutes a day)
- Try a relaxation technique: deep breathing, yoga, getting a massage, or meditation
- Pay attention to negative self-talk
- Take a stand against overscheduling
- Make time for fun
- Avoid people who stress you out
- Talk with a friend or someone you trust
References: HelpGuide, University of Michigan Health Services, Mayo Clinic
Written by Natalie Jones, Extension Physical Activity Program Coordinator; University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
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