What Are the Signs of Stress?

Have you been feeling stressed a little more than usual lately? No one can blame you, especially with everything going on in the world. However, it is important to learn how to avoid the negative affects of stress so that you can better protect your health.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford wants to share some tips about how you can start taking better control of your health through stress management.

How Does Stress Affect Our Physical Health?

When it comes to stress, it can certainly take a toll on our physical health. When you are under excess stress, you might begin to experience a headache, upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain and sleep issues.

However, stress doesn't just impact our physical health— stress can also affect our mental health.

Ways Stress Impacts Mental Health

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Anger, irritability or restlessness
  • Feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated or unfocused
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Racing thoughts or constant worry
  • Problems with your memory or concentration
  • Making bad decisions

How Can We Start Learning Ways to Better Manage Our Stress?

The more we learn ways to manage our stress, the better off we are when it comes to protecting both our mental and physical health. It is important to make sure that no matter what comes your way that you keep your positive attitude and learn to accept the things you cannot change or control.

In addition, you want to aim to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, practice relaxation techniques and follow a healthy diet. All of these are effective ways to manage stress, and self-care can also help.

Ways to Practice Self-Care

  • Simplify your schedule.
  • Do something that energizes your body.
  • Take a long, warm bath.
  • Create a gratitude list.
  • Talk with someone.
  • Unplug for a day.
  • Stretch.
  • Do something new.

Is it stress or something else that is affecting your overall health? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford today. No appointment is necessary!

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