Dealing with Stress

Dealing with Stress

Stress is a reaction to a situation where a person feels anxious or threatened. Stress can be positive or negative depending on the situation. For example, a wedding can be a source of positive stress. Learning healthy ways to cope and getting the right support can help reduce stressful feelings and symptoms.

After a traumatic event, people may have strong and lasting reactions. The symptoms may be physical or emotional. Common reactions to a stressful event can include:

  • Disbelief, shock, and numbness
  • Feeling sad, frustrated, and helpless
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Headaches, back pains, and stomach problems
  • Smoking or use of alcohol or drugs

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

  • Take care of yourself
    • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
    • Exercise
    • Sleep/rest
    • Take a break
  • Talk to others
    • Share your feelings with someone you trust
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol
    • These can make additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling
  • Recognize when you need more help
    • If problems continue talk to your healthcare provider

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