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How Do I Know If I Am Stressed?

April is recognized as National Stress Awareness Month, and the irony of this month being recognized as our country is social distancing is not lost on us. If there was ever a time when we needed to collectively learn about managing stress in a healthy way, the time is now!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter wants to help you recognize the signs of stress, as well as how you can manage your stress levels effectively.

What Steps Can I Take to Manage Stress?

A small amount of stress is normal and healthy, and it can even be helpful in boosting your productivity. But too much stress can impact your health in a negative way.

Don't let stress make you turn to junk food, drugs or alcohol. Instead find healthy ways to manage stress, including regular exercise, a healthy diet, plenty of quality sleep, and hobbies or other stress-relieving activities.

Symptoms Associated with Stress

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation and nausea
  • Aches, pains and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections

What Happens If I Do Not Get My Stress Under Control?

When you let stress linger on for too long, it can start to take a toll on your overall health. For instance, uncontrolled, chronic stress can lead to a suppressed immune system, impact your digestive system in a negative way and actually speed up the aging process.

This can all lead to more serious medical conditions, which is why it is so important to learn ways to manage your stress.

Medical Conditions Stress Increases Your Risk Of

  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Personality disorders
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Are you worried your symptoms might be something more than stress? Visit AFC Urgent Care Southcenter today for a diagnosis and treatment plan.