The majority of Americans experience stress frequently. A 2022 survey found 84% of Americans experienced stress weekly, up from 78% in the previous year.
In the short-term, stress can make you feel frustrated, nervous or angry. But the consequences of prolonged stress may be more severe. Research has shown that long-term stress can lead to health issues, such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Read this article for tips on how you can take control of your stress levels.
Recognizing the Signs
Knowing how stress can affect your life is essential to protecting your mental health. Here are some signs that you may be feeling stressed:
• Trouble sleeping or fatigue
• Upset stomach
• Change in appetite
• Social withdrawal
• Chest pain
• Feelings of anxiety, depression, irritability, restlessness or anger
Stress Management Tips
While it may not be possible to eliminate all of the stressors in your life, there are plenty of ways to reduce its effects on your life. Here are some practices:
• Listen to relaxing music.
• Avoid caffeine.
• Try meditation.
• Plan and prioritize your most important responsibilities.
• Limit interrupts when you need to focus on a task.
• Get some exercise.
• Learn to say no to people and events.
• Take time for yourself.
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By Zywave, Inc.