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The Ultimate Guide To Stress Management

Stress management, photograph of women in grass by Jacob Townsend

Photograph by Jacob Townsend

A comprehensive guide to understanding and minimizing stress

Did you know that 79% of us struggle with stress?

It’s undeniable, learning how to manage stress is a crucial skill in today’s world.

So in this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about stress management.

1. What Is Stress?

While stress still affects many of us, our stress levels are declining overall, especially in the US.

However, it’s something everyone faces at some point in their life.

Stress can be described as:

“Emotional or mental tension in response to a stressor (e.g. work, school, relationship problems).”

According to CBS News, the average stress level surveyed among Americans is 4.9 on a scale of 10.

22% of individuals even mentioned that they aren’t putting enough effort into managing their stress.

In regard to these statistics, this tells us that many of us still struggle with the everyday effects of stress.

2. What Are The Symptoms Of Stress?

In the modern world, normal levels of stress are virtually inevitable, but there is a balance that has to be maintained.

Stress comes in a variety of different forms and it affects everyone differently.

However, too much stress can cause physical and emotional harm. It can also interfere with our social lives, especially if it’s not managed effectively.

2.1. Physical Effects Of Stress.

  • Frequent headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle tension or weakness
  • Reduced libido
  • Digestive troubles (e.g. diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pain)
  • Reduced energy
  • High blood pressure
  • Dry mouth
  • Tinnitus (ear ringing/whooshing/clicking)
  • Decreased immunity
  • Chest pain or heart palpitations
  • Bingeing or eating less
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia

2.2. Emotional Effects Of Stress.

  • Decreased interest in activities or people
  • Agitation and frequently snapping
  • Moodiness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Negative mindset

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