How to Recognize Signs of Stress

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How to

Recognize

Signs of

Stress

Health or

Medical

Recognizing Possible Signs of Stress migraine or tension headache upset stomach diarrhea high blood pressure

Shortness of breath

Loss of appetite

Frequent or lingering colds

Acne or pimples

Cold sores on mouth dizziness

Mental and

Emotional irritability lose sense of humor often on the verge of tears crying spells feeling that you can’t cope are suspicious of others difficulty concentrating difficulty making decisions making poor decisions

Behavioral sleep badly snap or shout at those around you fiddle with your hair high pitched or nervous laughter trembling, shaking, excessive blinking find it difficult to talk to people have trouble completing tasks

Over eating drink or smoke more that usual just can’t think lack of energy dryness of the throat and mouth reduced sex drive grinding teeth or clenching jaw

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Stress is the physical and emotional response we have to events that threaten or challenge us.

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Stress

Catastrophic events - Sudden, powerful events that occur quickly and affect many people simultaneously (9/11)

Personal stressors - Major life events

Daily hassles - Minor irritants of life

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Physical Response to Stress

Faster heart beat

Breathing more rapid and shallow

Body produces more sweat

Internal organs churn out hormones

Immune system weakens

Susceptible to illness

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Around one-third of people in the United

States are obese, which is 20% above average weight for a person of given height.

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Prepare

Reduce amounts of caffeine

Get plenty of rest

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Organize: Identify Causes of Stress

List stressors in your life

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Work: Develop Effective Coping Strategies

Take charge of situation

Don’t waste energy trying to change the unchangeable

Look for silver lining

Talk to friends

Relax

Keep commitments, but delete unnecessary events from your busy calendar

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Rethink

Place stress in perspective

Don’t sweat the small stuff

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Keeping Well

Eat right

• Eat fruits, vegetables, and grain products

• Avoid foods high in sugar

• Seek a diet low in fat and cholesterol

• Eat three regular meals per day

• Watch out for hidden contents of various foods

• Beware of eating disorders

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Career Connections

Anticipate job stress and consider choosing a career in a field that produces less stress, especially if you have difficulty dealing with stress.

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