Mental and Emotional Health

Stress Management

Stress is your body’s normal response to situational pressures, demands or perceived / real threats and dangers. Stress is experienced as brain chemicals, hormones, that surge through the body.

Stress is your body’s normal response to situational pressures, demands or perceived / real threats and dangers. Stress is experienced as brain chemicals, hormones, that surge through the body.

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Stress Management

Stress is your body’s normal response to situational pressures, demands or perceived / real threats and dangers. Stress is experienced as brain chemicals, hormones, that surge through the body. These hormones create physical symptoms including a quicker breath and heart rate, sweat, and tense muscles. This response to stress is often called your “fight or flight” response. Small doses of stress are not harmful and can actually help you meet deadlines, prepare for important events and just generally get things done.

Stress is a normal part of everyday life but can be detrimental when it is overwhelming or chronic.

Chronic stress is when your body is in a state of stress for long periods of time. This state of chronic stress can lead to emotional and mental health problems and also lead to many medical problems and disease states.

Stress Management

Cognitive Ramifications of Stress include:

  • Memory problems
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Constant feelings of worry
  • Difficulty problem solving and making decisions
  • Lack of concentration and focus
Stress Management

Cognitive Ramifications of Stress include:

  • Memory problems
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Constant feelings of worry
  • Difficulty problem solving and making decisions
  • Lack of concentration and focus
Stress Management

Emotional Ramifications of Stress include:

  • Irritability and low mood
  • Feeling like things are hopeless and that you are helpless to affect your life
  • Constant feelings of nervousness, apprehension, and anxiety
  • Feeling like its impossible for you to relax and breath deep
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts
Stress Management

Emotional Ramifications of Stress include:

  • Irritability and low mood
  • Feeling like things are hopeless and that you are helpless to affect your life
  • Constant feelings of nervousness, apprehension, and anxiety
  • Feeling like its impossible for you to relax and breath deep
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts
Stress Management

Physical Ramifications of Stress include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Muscle tension, pain in the neck and shoulders that will not resolve – lower back pain
  • Increased risk of hypertension, heart attack and stroke
  • Stomach pain and churning ( a feeling of butterflies )
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort including stomach pain, bloating, and changes in the gut bacteria
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity – an increased appetite which can lead to weight gain. This increases your risk factors for both diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Altered sexual drive and function
  • Changes/Imbalance of hormones, including cortisol, and insulin

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