Managing Your Stress
Stress can affect both the short and long term health of your body. Managing stress and the situations that cause it is an important aspect of healthy living. Keep reading about stress below or take our Stress Inventory you can take to find out if you might be at risk.
For information about how you can reach a stress counselor or gain additional information scroll to the bottom of this page.
How Stress Works
Stress is one way our bodies react to certain situations and stimuli. People are often not aware of their automatic physical reactions to everyday problems and worries. During tense situations or emergencies our body chemistry, heart rate and blood pressure change to help us react effectively but these same reactions can cause health problems if the body remains in a stressed state for long periods of time.
Long term stress is usually caused by stressors that never go away or a multitude of stressors affecting us at the same time.
Causes of Stress
While many situations can cause stress the most dangerous are those responsible for long-lasting stress on your body. Here are some general causes of stress on the body:
Any of these can have a negative effect on your body but the presence of multiple problems can severely affect your health.
Symptoms of Long Term Stress
Many stressors in our lives continue for a long time. They can be hard to recognize or change and over time these stressors will cause symptoms to develop if you have a high stress level. Although each person reacts to long-term stress in different ways it is important to recognize stressors and the symptoms they cause. Read our Stress Inventory List to see some major symptoms of stress.
Ways to Reduce Stress
It is impossible to eliminate stress completely. Instead, trying to reduce the amount of stress in your life and control your reactions to the stressors can stop many of its negative affects and greatly improve your health. Try some of these basic ideas to reduce your stress level:
Find Out if You Are Stressed
Avera McKennan offers stress management counseling and additional information about stress and how to deal with it. To get an idea of how stressed you are, complete this Stress Inventory.
For in depth assistance with stress issues, counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information please call Avera Behavioral Health Center at 605-322-4065 or 800-691-4336.