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Stressed? Here Are a Few Tips on How to Manage it.

Stressed? Here Are a Few Tips on How to Manage it.

March 27, 2024

Many of us face overwhelming stress. Coping with stress in healthy ways builds resilience.

Experiencing stress can lead to various emotional and physical changes such as fear, anger, sadness, numbness, frustration, changes in appetite, energy levels, interests and desires, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, nightmares or sleep problems, physical symptoms like headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes. It can also worsen chronic health problems and mental health conditions. In addition, stress can lead to increased use of alcohol, illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine, and misuse of prescription drugs such as opioids.


Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress

Managing stress, anxiety, grief, or worry can be challenging, but there are effective ways to cope with them. Here are some helpful tips that you can follow:


- Take breaks from news stories, including those on social media. It's important to stay informed, but too much exposure to negative events can be overwhelming. Consider limiting news consumption to just a couple of times a day and disconnecting from phone, TV, and computer screens for a while.


- Take care of your body: Maintaining physical health can improve your emotional well-being. Follow these steps to improve your health:


  - Eat healthy. Include fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat or no-fat dairy in your diet. Avoid foods that contain unhealthy fats, salt, and added sugars. For more information, see Healthy Eating Tips.


  - Get enough sleep. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day to help you sleep better. Adults need 7 or more hours of sleep per night.


  - Stay active. Every little bit of physical activity helps. Start small and build up to 2 ½ hours a week. You can break it into smaller amounts such as 20 to 30 minutes a day.


- Limit alcohol intake. Choose not to drink, or drink in moderation on days you drink alcohol. Moderation means having 2 drinks or less a day for men or 1 drink or less for women. Find out more at Drink Less, Be Your Best.


- Avoid using illegal drugs or prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed. Don't take someone else's prescription. Substance use treatment is available, and recovery starts with asking for help.


- Avoid smoking, vaping, and the use of other tobacco products. People can and do quit smoking for good.


- Continue with regular health appointments, tests, screenings, and vaccinations.


- Make time to unwind.


  - Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.


  - Engage in activities you enjoy.


- Connect with others.


  - Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.


  - Connect with community-based or faith-based organizations.

This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. 


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