What is Stress?
Stress can help you meet daily challenges. It motivates you to reach your goals. Stress can also help you accomplish tasks more efficiently and boost memory. Stress is a vital warning system that creates the fight-or-flight response.
Stress is key for survival, but too much stress can be detrimental. Emotional stress that stays around for weeks or months can weaken the immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease.
Signs & Symptoms
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
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Excess sweating
Primary prevention is to reduce, control, or eliminate the sources of stress.
Secondary prevention is providing training to individuals on various themes related to the problem and helping them develop adjustment strategies to better manage their stress.
Tertiary prevention strategies aim to treat and rehabilitate people as well as facilitate a return to normality and the follow up of those who suffer or have suffered from stress.
How can you manage stress?
- Problem Solving
- Physical Activity
- Relaxation Training
- Time Management
- Positive Thinking
- Pleasant Activities
Here is a good website with more ideas on how to manage your stress.
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