As the restrictions of the pandemic are lifting, more people getting vaccinated, and summer on the way the stress of life is still very real. Did you know over 75% of Americans reported experience at least one symptom of stress in the last month? Read on to learn more about the symptoms, effects, and management of stress.
The CDC gives the following as potential symptoms of stress. It is worth noting this is not an endless list.
- Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
- Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
- Physical reactions: headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
As stress begins to worsen there are effects it has on your body.
- Worsening of chronic illness
- High blood pressure
- Less resistance to diseases
- Depression or increase in known mental health condition
- Increased substance use or abuse
While we all experience some levels of stress throughout our lifetime. All of us have the ability to some degree to cope with low levels of stress.
Stress management tactics:
- Walking or moving your body
- Deep breathing
- Positive self-talk
But what is positive self-talk? The practice of how we interpret life events. It is the process of switching negative thoughts into positive ones. Many of us will say things to ourselves such as “I’m a failure”, but instead we can say “I can do better next time.”