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What Steps Can You Take to Manage Stress This Holiday Season?

It's the most wonderful time of the year...to be stressed? No, that's not how the saying goes!

From attending holiday gatherings to making sure everything is decorated perfectly at home for holiday visitors, this time of year can bring good tidings and cheer, but it can also bring a lot of stress.

Fortunately, our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter is here to help you learn how you can better manage stress.

What Role Does Stress Play on Our Health

Stress isn't always a negative, actually. In small doses, stress can serve as a motivator that helps us accomplish goals.

Over time, though, as stress becomes chronic, it can cause a variety of physical and mental symptoms, as well increase your risk of developing serious health conditions.

Physical Symptoms of Stress

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Aches, pains and tense muscles
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections

How Does Stress Affect the Immune System?

When you're dealing with chronic stress or feeling overwhelmed, your immune system takes a hit. As a result, you're more likely to get sick. And who really wants to be sick this time of year? No one wants to be sick for the holidays.

Therefore, it is important to learn ways to manage stress so that it doesn't take a toll on both your mental and physical health.

Ways to Manage Stress

  • Accept things you cannot change.
  • Avoid stressful situations when possible.
  • Get plenty of exercise.
  • Change your outlook.
  • Do something you enjoy.
  • Learn new ways to relax.
  • Connect with loved ones.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Learn to say no.

Is it stress or something more? Visit AFC Urgent Care Southcentertoday for a medical evaluation!

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