Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. It is a fact of life for most people; but it affects everyone differently. What causes stress for you may not be stressful for someone else.
Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. For example, it can help you win a race or finish an important job on time.
But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease. If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse. It can make you moody, tense, or depressed. Your relationships may suffer, and you may not do well at work or school.
What can you do about stress?
You can learn ways to manage stress. To get stress under control:
- Find out what is causing stress in your life.
- Look for ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
- Learn healthy ways to relieve stress or reduce its harmful effects.
- Eat healthy foods, and exercise (walk, stretch, dance, swim, etc.)
And take advantage of our free employee assistance program. Call Health Advocate at 877-240-6863, they are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.