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Take Time to Decompress and Destress

Apr 10, 2018, 14:00 PM

Take Time to Decompress and Destress

Stress is the brain’s way of responding to change, tension and pressure. It’s unavoidable and everyone experiences it. Of course, stress can sometimes be helpful, as it energizes and motivates us to overcome difficult situations. However, stress is most often an obstacle, affecting our behavior, mood and wellbeing.

The effects of stress can have an impact on our attitude, causing feelings of anger, depression, anxiety or feeling overwhelmed. These can not only hurt our relationships, but also our ability to work and enjoy day-to-day activities. Similarly, stress physically affects our bodies. Effects can be both short-term and long-term, based on the severity and frequency of stress you experience.

Common moods while under stress

  • Anxiety
  • Depression/sadness
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Anger or irritability

Common effects on the body while under stress

  • Headache
  • Weakened immune system
  • Muscle pain or tension
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure

Based on the different ways stress can negatively affect your body, mind and life, learning how to manage stress is critical. Here are a few different ways to alleviate stress from your life.

            Managing stress

  • Take a break
  • Exercise regularly
  • Go outside
  • Meditate
  • Practice controlled breathing
  • Write in a journal
  • Stay connected with support systems
  • Get plenty of sleep

While stress affects everyone, we have control over how much it will affect us. By identifying the warning signs and introducing calming activities and mindsets in our daily routines, we can learn to manage our stress and promote a happy and healthy lifestyle.