Dealing with Stress

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Recognizing stress is important. Below are some of the symptoms:

  • Overtired without energy
  • Extremely restless or hyper
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Arguing with family over little things
  • Having difficulty waking up
  • Experiencing a dry mouth, tight chest, light-headedness, and anxiety
  • Having stomach or chest pains without physical cause
  • Thinking of suicide

If you are experiencing stress, you may find relief in these suggestions:

  • Keep physically active - this relieves tension.
  • Give yourself some time away from the ones you love.
  • Share what you are feeling with someone who will support you.
  • Talk with people in similar situations – you could become a support group for one another.
  • Take advantage of your time. Develop hobbies or other interests.

When to see a counselor:

  • You’re using drugs or alcohol to cope with your issues.
  • You are experiencing a high degree of irritation and anger and as a result you are having a
         difficult time getting along with others.
  • Grieving as a result of a loved one’s death or lost relationship.
  • You have experienced physical or emotional trauma.
  • Uncontrollable crying and other signs of depression.
  • Anxiety that is so intense that it is stopping you from doing the things you like to do.
  • When doctors can’t explain your symptoms or attribute them to any specific medical condition.
  • If you have tried “everything” to get better but find yourself in the same position after months or
          even years of trying to cope on your own.
  • If no matter what you do you can’t get out of your mental rut. This is a sense that nothing gives
          you fulfillment. It would be wise to explore why you have this feeling.
  • If you feel bad about yourself. If you have serious self-esteem or confidence issues this can
          adversely affect you. It would be helpful to identify what it is about you that you don’t like
          and find ways to improve your perception of those perceived flaws. A sense of positive self
          worth can do wonders for your everyday happiness.

Financial strain is a common cause of stress.
See the managing finances section here ».

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