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Am I stressed? The Physiological Signs and How to Recognize Them

All of us have at one time or another felt stress. So, what is stress? Stress is general a response to an external cause, it goes away once the situation is resolved and can be positive or negative.

How can you recognize when you are feeling stressed?

Some symptoms of stress include

  • Aches and pains.

  • Chest pain or feeling like your heart is racing.

  • Exhaustion or trouble sleeping.

  • Headaches, dizziness, or shaking.

  • Muscle tension or clenching your jaw.

  • Stomach or digestive problems.

  • Depression and/or anxiety.

  • Anger and/or irritability.

  • Inability to focus, lack of motivation, memory issues.

Now that you know how to recognize stress, what can you do about it?

  • Exercise when you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, even a walk can be helpful.

  • Think about what you’ve accomplished.

  • Set achievable goals for yourself.

  • Try some relaxation activities such as meditation, yoga, or breathing exercises.

  • Take care of your body with enough sleep and eating right.

  • Accept that not everything is in your control and that is okay.

  • Delegate tasks to others.

  • Surround yourself with supportive people.

  • Consider talking to a therapist if things feel like they are becoming too much.

Wrote by:

D. Belinsky

Mental Health Counselor Intern

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