Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Managing Stress Health

We all experience stress; being able to recognize and manage symptoms can dramatically improve your overall health.  Elevated stress levels affect your body, mood and your behavioral health. 

Some common symptoms:
Physical: Stress can cause headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach or sleep problems. 

Psychological: There may be increased anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, a feeling of being overwhelmed, irritable, angry, sad or depressed.

How to manage symptoms:
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Seek professional counseling if needed
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing, getting a massage, or learning to meditate
  • Take time for hobbies you enjoy, such as reading a book, listening to music, or volunteering
Don't allow stress to damage your health or quality of life. Be proactive. Start practicing stress management today. 

View CHS's Executive Vice President & System Chief Medical Officer Patrick O'Shaughnessy, DO, discuss the importance of managing stress:

For more health information, go to CHS’s YouTube channel where you can view Dr. O’s Health Tips & Solutions.

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