Stress is a normal part of life. It can be caused by big or small events in your life. When stressors are affecting you, you can sometimes feel like it’s taking over—so it’s important to know how to deal with it so that you remain in control.
Stress is a natural feeling
Stress is your body’s natural response to pressure or a threat, and can make you feel tense, nervous or on edge. It can also cause your body to produce adrenaline, a hormone that makes your heart beat faster, gives you sweaty palms and can even make you feel a bit shaky.
Easy ways to cope
- Step away from social media, even if it’s just for 20 minutes.
- Exercise! Try to get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day!
- Eat a healthy snack, like fruits or veggies.
- Listen to your favorite music, or try out a new genre
- Write it out. You can even throw it away afterwards!
Know when it’s taking over
Two common mental health disorders that can be manifested from too much stress are anxiety and depression.
Anxiety disorders show in various ways, but they all have similar signs. Some of these signs are excessive amounts of fear, nervousness or worry. When anxiety becomes too much for someone, they may appear to be distracted, tense or always on alert. Signs of depression, meanwhile, include overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness or an overall lack of motivation. These feelings can last weeks, months or even years. People with depression may feel that things will never get better, and they may have suicidal thoughts.
If you or someone you know is feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, you should speak with a counselor or mental health professional as soon as possible. Or, simply call or visit the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or www.mygcal.com.
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