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Stress Management

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.

Types of Stress

  • Eustress is the most common form of stress. You may feel it before performing in front of people or taking a test or after having an argument with someone.
    • Normally, this type of stress does not last long and will not have long-term negative health effects.
    • This form of stress teaches the brain how to respond to stress in a healthy way.
  • Distress may be acute or chronic.
    • Acute stress (or episodic stress) is caused by events like the loss of a friend or family member or the breakup of a relationship.
      • These acute stress events have a greater impact on the body than everyday stress.
      • Acute stress can be managed if you are in a supportive environment and have positive interactions with others that help to decrease stress levels.
    • Chronic stress (or toxic stress) is often the most long-lasting and damaging form of stress. It is caused by stress factors such as physical or emotional abuse, bullying, neglect, and addiction.
      • Toxic stress can lead to lifelong physical and mental health issues.

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Stress Gone Wild

The long-term activation of the stress response system and the overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones that follow can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of many health problems, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Memory and concentration impairment
  • Use of alcohol or drugs to relax

Causes of Stress

Tricks for Stress Management

  • Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and getting plenty of sleep
  • Practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing, massage or meditation
  • Keeping a journal and writing about your thoughts or what you’re grateful for in your life
  • Taking time for hobbies, such as reading, listening to music, or watching your favorite show or movie
  • Fostering healthy friendships and talking with friends and family
  • Having a sense of humor and finding ways to include humor and laughter in your life, such as watching funny movies or looking at joke websites
  • Volunteering in your community
  • Organizing and prioritizing what you need to accomplish at home and work and removing tasks that aren’t necessary
  • Seeking professional counseling, which can help you develop specific coping strategies to manage stress


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