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Managing Stress

Stress is a normal part of life. A certain level of stress is healthy – it can be motivating and can help you be more productive. But when stress feels too intense or overwhelming — or lasts too long — it can become a problem for both your physical and your emotional health.

Signs your Stress Level is Too High

  • Disruptions in sleep patterns or eating patterns
  • Increased irritability & shorter fuse (increased anger/frustration)
  • Recurring colds and minor illnesses
  • Increased difficulty in getting things done
  • Greater sense of persistent time  pressure
  • Recurring colds and minor illnesses
  • Being more disorganized than usual
  • Frequent muscle aches


Strategies to try if you’re experiencing any of the above

Focus on taking good care of yourself by:

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Eating healthy, well-balanced meals
  • Exercising regularly and sensibly

Give yourself a break:

  • Take a long bath or hot shower
  • Read for pleasure
  • Connect with teammates or loved ones
  • Do something fun that you enjoy

Keep it all in perspective:

  • Practice gratitude — instead of focusing on your stress, focus on what’s going well in your life
  • Try to separate what you can control from what you can’t; if you can’t control something, let it go.

Practice relaxation:

  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Writing or Listening to music

Avoid drugs and alcohol (short term may seem like a way to lessen or avoid feelings of stress; but in the long run, they make it much worse).

Recognize when you need more help and reach out.

Strategies to try if you are feeling down

  • Figure out what is making you feel down and, if possible, address it
  • Recognize and challenge negative thinking
  • Reach out to your support network
  • Take care of yourself

If these strategies don’t help, or if you feel too down to try them, it may be time to seek help.