Stress is what you feel when you react to pressure. Pressure can come from things like work, family, money, illness, or from an internal need such as wanting to achieve a goal, wanting to fit in, or the way you feel about yourself. Everyone handles stress differently.
Here are some common symptoms of stress :
- Change in Feelings : Feeling sad, edgy, irritable, anxious, or panicked, much of the time, blaming other people for bad things that happen to you.
- Symptoms of Depression : Only seeing the down side of situations, feeling like things that you used to enjoy aren’t fun now.
- Physical Ailments : Dry mouth or skin problems, loss of appetite or need to eat constantly, headaches, stomachaches, diarrhoea or constipation & trouble sleeping.
Here are some ways to lower the stress :
- Don’t Over Schedule Yourself – Leave room in your life for the things you like to do, for things that make you laugh, and for moments with friends and family.
- Make a List and Ask for Help – Make a list of all the things that have to get done. Decide which ones are the most important, which are less important and can wait, and which you can get help with. Then work on them one by one.
- Have Healthy Habits- Exercise, eat well and get enough sleep.
- Relax – Take time to unwind and calm down everyday. Try going for walks, reading, doing a craft, sitting and enjoying time with friends or family. Follow the guide below to engage your relaxation response.