You’re running late. You have a big test or meeting coming up. Your in-laws are visiting and you still have to clean the house. Life is full of different events (and people) that simply stress you out.
Stressful situations can have a big impact on your thoughts and emotions. You might find that when you’re stressed, you overthink potential outcomes, or that stress makes you more easily frustrated or prone to an outburst. But what effect is it having on your body?
Take this quiz to find out!
Stress is a normal part of life, but it shouldn’t be your whole life. If you are constantly feeling stressed or worried, schedule an appointment to talk with your primary care provider.
Next Steps to Handle Stress
While it might seem like the stress in your life is out of control, there’s actually a lot you can do to change how you deal with it. Building strong habits to manage stress can help you improve both your mental and physical health.
To help manage your stress, try to:
Get enough sleep each night
Make regular physical activity a part of your routine
Practice relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing
Eat a balanced and nutritious diet
Set aside time for self-care to focus on you
Talk to a behavioral or mental health professional for additional support