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
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.
- Deep breathing
- 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.