Reducing Stress for a Healthier You
|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|
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?
– Healthy, balanced diet
– Avoid tobacco use, excess caffeine and alcohol, and the use of illegal substances.