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Stress takes a toll on our physical and mental health. Test your knowledge on what stress can do to your body and get quick tips on how to lessen your stress.
Can stress cause sleeping problems?
Stress can cause insomnia and affect the quality of your sleep.
Tip: Set aside 20-30 minutes before going to bed to do a relaxing activity such as reading or listening to soft music.
Taking the time to walk 30 minutes each day can reduce stress.
Walking for 30 minutes everyday DOES help boost your mood and improve your overall mental health!
Tip: Physical exercise is a great tool for de-stressing since it produces endorphins and helps release tension.
Can stress cause weight gain?
Chronic stress may lead to elevated cortisol levels which stimulate your appetite. This can result in weight gain or trouble losing weight.
Tip: Keep fresh, wholesome food on hand so when you're stressed you don't go snacking on junk! Just remember - don't beat yourself up for giving into sugary or salty cravings once and awhile.
Stress can cause you to do "stupid things."
It's true! Stress can cause cortical inhibition which prevents you from functioning at your best.
Tip: Remember to laugh at yourself and understand that we all make silly mistakes! It's okay.
Stress can cause you to avoid others.
Stress can make you feel isolated and feel that other people don't understand what you're going through.
Tip: Schedule time to hang out with family or friends. Being around people will boost your mood and help you forget your worries. If you're feeling very irritable, first take a day to relax by yourself and do activities you enjoy to clear your mind.
Stress can cause you to feel overwhelmed.
Stress can make you feel unusually tired, unmotivated, anxious and overwhelmed doing your daily activities.
Tip: A great way to prevent this is by taking the time to relax and refocus after a stressful event. Don't wait and let stress build up only to deal with it at the end of the day.
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