It’s ironic that tax day falls in April during National Stress Awareness Month.
Who doesn’t experience at least a little anxiety when it comes to collecting receipts, firing up the calculator, and filling out what may sometimes seem like endless forms?
Didja Know that stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts, your feelings, and your behavior?
Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems.
Here’s 5 helpful tips to help you better manage your stress:
- Make sleep a priority. Without getting the proper rest is will be even harder to retain information. 7-9 hours every night is optimal.
- Fit exercise in everyday. A healthy body = a healthy mind. Get 30 minutes of activity daily.
- Hydrate. Always bring a water bottle with you where you go. Hydration is vital to feeling great and energized all day.
- Use a planner. Map out your week. Having a central place to write down all your commitments will help you stay organized.
- Laughter. This one may seem silly, but laughter is truly the best medicine.
Common effects of stress on your body:
- Muscle tension or pain
- Chest pain
- Stomach upset
- Sleep problems
Common effects of stress on your mood:
- Lack of motivation or focus
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Irritability or anger
- Sadness or depression
Common effects of stress on your behavior:
- Overeating or under-eating
- Angry outbursts
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Tobacco use
- Social withdrawal
- Exercising less often