Stress is your body’s fight-or-flight response. You may feel extra energy surge through your body if you are in an emergency situation. You may also feel this energy if you are worried or anxious about something.
Situations that trigger stress can be found in many places: home, work, school, family, friends or traffic. Time demands and pressures will take a toll on you physically and emotionally. Stress can give you health problems or make an existing problem worse.
Death, divorce, marriage, job loss or change, financial problems, family illness, moving or having a baby can cause high levels of stress.
So, too, can the little, aggravating situations of everyday life: standing in a long line at the grocery store with a fussy child, getting stuck in traffic or being bogged down at work while facing a deadline.
How you handle stress will have an effect on your body and emotional well-being. Stress can cause health problems if you do not learn how to deal with it.
People react to stress in different ways. There are some general signs of stress:
Deep natural breathing: Relaxation exercise
Relaxation and meditation
Stressed out? Get a good dose of exercise.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, How To Manage Stress, mh-ah-14160
Allina Health's Patient Education Department