Tips for Managing Stress

Tips for Managing Stress

Everyone experiences stress at some point. Stress may be related to a temporary event, or it can become a chronic condition, leading to some serious health issues. Our provider can help you manage and relieve stress.

What You Need To Know About Stress

Stress affects your body and mind in many ways. Temporary or chronic stress can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Eating issues
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach upset
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Breathing problems
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you don’t manage your stress, it can lead to:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Chronic aches and pains
  • Obesity
  • A heart attack
  • A stroke

You can do a lot to manage stress if you:

  • Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes on most days of the week
  • Practice yoga, meditation, and deep breathing
  • Remember to take a breath when you are under stress
  • Take breaks, especially when you are experiencing work stress
  • Avoid smoking, drinking, and using drugs to cope with stress
  • Connect and talk with others who can help support you
  • Consider team activities and sports to develop a sense of belonging
  • Develop a relaxing, fulfilling hobby you can do to calm your mind and spirit
  • Schedule family time to play games and do fun activities together
  • Read a book, do a crossword, or jigsaw puzzle
  • Take a relaxing warm bath
  • Develop a relaxing routine before bed to help you sleep well

Remember that chronic stress can rob your body of the nutrients it needs. When you are under stress, you are more likely to get sick, so remember to:

  • Eat a healthy diet of nutrient-dense foods and avoid snacking on fast food or junk food
  • Take a daily vitamin to replenish what your body needs
  • Drink water to stay hydrated

Want To Know More?

When you are under stress, it’s important to visit your primary care provider for regular exams, counseling, and other stress reduction services. To find out more about managing stress, call your primary care provider today.

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