Everyone is under some form of stress. In small doses, stress can be good for you because it makes you more alert and gives you a burst of energy, but too much stress in too short a time can be harmful.
Stress happens when people feel like they don’t have the tools to manage all of the demands in their lives. Stress can be short or long term. Missing the bus or arguing with a spouse or partner can cause short-term stress. Money problems or trouble at work can cause long-term stress. Even happy events, like having a baby or getting married, can cause stress.
Causes of stress:
- Personal loss: death of a loved one, separation or divorce
- Job changes: trouble at work, getting fired or taking a new job
- Money issues: budget troubles, large debts, loss of income
- Illness or injury: major illness or injury
- Family changes: changes at home caused by pregnancy, family responsibilities, etc.
- Lifestyle changes: sudden financial gain or a big promotion
- Retirement: the combination of enforced leisure and reduced income
Symptoms of stress:
- Not eating or eating too much
- Feeling like you have no control
- Needing to have too much control
- Headaches, ulcers, diarrhea, cramps, gas, constipation
- Lack of energy and focus
- Tense muscles, sore neck, shoulders and back
- General aches and pains, upset stomach, back pain
- Fatigue/sleeplessness, insomnia
- Boredom, depression, anxiety
If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms associated with a stress, reach out to your health care provider.
It’s also important to learn how to manage stress in our everyday lives. Visit HelpGuide.org to learn some stress management techniques.
Credit: Frontier Behavioral Health. Used with permission.