stress management

Stress Management

  • What Is Stress?

    Stress is your body’s reaction to pressure from a certain situation or event. It can be a physical, mental, or emotional reaction.

    We all deal with stress at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s your job, a family illness, or money troubles. These are common triggers. According to a recent study, about half of all Americans say they’re dealing with moderate stress.

    Not all stress is bad. It can make you more aware of things around you and keep you more focused. In some cases, stress can give you strength and help you get more done.

    Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviors, thinking ability, and physical health. No part of the body is immune. But, because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary. Symptoms can be vague and may be the same as those caused by medical conditions. So it is important to discuss them with your doctor. You may experience any of the following symptoms of stress.


    Emotional symptoms of stress include:

    Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody

    Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control

    Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind

    Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed

    Avoiding others

    Physical symptoms of stress include:

    Low energy


    Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea

    Aches, pains, and tense muscles

    Chest pain and rapid heartbeat


    Frequent colds and infections

    Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet

    Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing

    Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

    Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

    Constant worrying

    Racing thoughts

    Forgetfulness and disorganization

    Inability to focus

    Poor judgment

    Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

    Behavioral symptoms of stress include:

    Changes in appetite -- either not eating or eating too much

    Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities

    Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes

    Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

  • Visit the links along the side for some helpful strategies for coping with stress.