Stress Busters

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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

Headaches

Muscle pain

Chest pain

Fatigue

Upset stomach

Stress on Your Mood

Anxiety

Lack of motivation or focus

Irritability

Sadness or depression

Feeling overwhelmed

Stress on Your Behavior

Overeating or undereating

Angry outbursts

Drug or alcohol abuse

Social withdrawal

Exercising less often

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
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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.

Copyright © 2020 for materials developed by University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. This publication may be reproduced in portions or its entirety for educational or nonprofit purposes only. Permitted users shall give credit to the author(s) and include this copyright notice.

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