Stress affects roughly 8-out-of-10 Americans in their everyday life. Stress is a response to either a negative or positive stressor in an environment. It can affect the body, thoughts, feelings and behavior, and if left unchecked, stress can also lead to more severe health problems. Recognizing stress symptoms early can help decrease the chances of becoming extremely ill.
Stress symptoms can evolve from any type of environmental stressor, be it good or bad. The top 6 contributing factors of stress are: job pressure, money, health, relationships, malabsorption and sleep deprivation. The common physical effects of these stressors are: headache, muscle pain, chest pain, fatigue, nausea, change in appetite (weight gain or loss) and sleep problems. While most of the American population (77%) are physically affected by stress, some are affected by mood (73%) and behavioral changes (35%). Stress effects mood through anxiety, impatience, lack of motivation, anger, irritability and depression, while behavior changes are those habits that can harm health the most. Behavior changes due to stress are binging/under eating, drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use and social withdrawal. There are ways to control stress and live a healthier life.
Managing stress has numerous health benefits. However, one technique that helps someone might not be the perfect fit for someone else. Try all different combinations to see what helps you relax the most. Below are some suggestions:
- Physical Activity
- Reading a book
- Listening to music
- Spending time with those closest to you
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Resource: How to Cope with Stress by Kyle Stover, Clinical Nutritionist, Enzymes, Inc.