In today’s world it is not uncommon to hear another person exclaim, “I’m so stressed!” Whether at work, school, or home, many people have had experiences where they felt overwhelmed, overextended, and exhausted. In 2007, almost 1/3 of people in the United States reported high levels of stress, and almost 1/5 of people indicated feeling highly stressed at least 15 times per month!

Stress presents itself differently in everyone and can be thought of as a physiological response to something that disrupts your normal life. Sometimes stress can be good and can help us perform under pressure, but other times stress can be negative and lead to physical, emotional, and psychological consequences. For example, you may have heard about the relationship between stress and factors linked to heart disease.

So what can you do to manage your stress? Here is an easy four step process to managing stress:

Understand yourself: What do you find stressful? How do you experience stress?

Identify simple strategies to diminish stress: What are healthy activities you could do to avoid feeling overly stressed? (for example, going for a short walk when you start to feel overwhelmed)

Take care of your body: Push yourself to eat right, get enough sleep, and incorporate physical activities to your daily routine (for example, take the stairs instead of the escalator).

Reach out for support: Be open to seeking support from friends, family, or a licensed psychologist. Search our database to find a health service provider near you!

Want to know more about stress? Consider the following resources: