Stress and Your Health

Everyone experiences stress at some point in their life, whether it be preparing for a test, getting stuck in traffic or something more serious such as a loss of a job or a loved one. But how exactly does everyday stress affect your health, body, mood, and behavior? Stress can have many symptoms ranging from headaches and insomnia to depression and overeating.

How Does Stress Affect the Body?

  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Fatigue
  • Tension/Pain in Muscles
  • Change of Libido
  • Insomnia

How Does Stress Affect Mood?

  • Less Motivation
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiety

How Does Stress Affect Behavior?

  • Social Withdrawal
  • Substance Abuse
  • Tobacco Consumption
  • Less Exercise
  • Emotional Outbursts

Managing Stress

Although stress can have profound effects on the body, mind, and health, there are ways to actively manage your stress. Making sure you get adequate sleep, eat a balanced diet and avoid excessive tobacco, caffeine or alcohol use. Many patients think activities such as watching TV, scrolling through Social Media or playing video games may help, but these activities can actually increase stress. For some positive stress relievers, try out some stress relieving techniques from Preferred Urgent Care:

  • Exercise Regularly
  • Deep Breathing
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Get a Massage
  • Socialize with Family/Friends
  • Read a Book
  • Listen to Music
  • Plant a Garden
  • Explore New Hobbies

Stress doesn’t have to take a toll on your overall well-being, with proper lifestyle choices and stress management you can make a difference.

In the event that your stress becomes unmanageable, Preferred Urgent Care is always happy to help. We can discuss a referral to a mental health specialist and discuss various ways you can reduce the stress in your life. Contact our Katy urgent care clinic today and schedule an appointment to see one of our doctors. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier life!

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