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Reducing Stress for a Healthier You

Common effects of Stress
On your body On your mood On your behavior
Headache Anxiety Overeating or undereating
Muscle tension or pain Restlessness Angry outbursts
Chest pain Lack of motivation or focus Drug or alcohol misuse
Fatigue Feeling overwhelmed Tobacco use
Change in sex drive Irritability or anger Social withdrawal
Stomach upset Sadness or depression Exercising less often
Sleep problems

Stress Management strategies:

  • Regular physical activity
  • Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi.
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Time with family and friends
  • Time for hobbies.

Look for active ways to reduce stress, as shown above. Inactive ways such as watching TV, scrolling social media omay seem relaxing, but they may increase your stress over the long term.

What else can help?
– Sleep
– Healthy, balanced diet
– Avoid tobacco use, excess caffeine and alcohol, and the use of illegal substances.