manage stress

Your health is directly affected by stress.  Stress causes changes in brain chemistry and severe or continued stress can weaken our immune systems. This makes us more susceptible to illness, headaches, high blood pressure, ulcers, fatigue, insomnia, and more.  It is reported that most doctor's visits are stress related.


Effects of stress ...

... On your body ... On your thoughts and feelings ... On your behavior
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Chest pain
  • Heart disease
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased immunity
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Worrying
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Feeling insecure
  • Lack of focus
  • Burnout
  • Forgetfulness
  • Overeating
  • Undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Increased smoking
  • Social withdrawal
  • Crying spells
  • Relationship conflicts


If you do have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have great health benefits. Stress management can include:

  • Physical activity
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Massage


Still Overwhelmed?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, please get help right away. You don't have to struggle alone.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)