Physical Symptoms can Manifest from Stress and Five Ways you Can Help Manage Them

When asking individuals on how they experience the physical symptoms-of-stress, here are some of the most common responses:

  • Chronic aches and pain
  • Physical and/ or mental exhaustion
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Panic attacks
  • Muscle tension
  • Changes in libido
  • Acne
  • Frequent sickness
  • Restlessness
  • Digestive issues
  • Chest pain
  • Accelerated heartbeat
  • High blood pressure

The list goes on…and this does not even include the mental health-related symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, and anger!

The physical symptoms of stress are not fun but fortunately, there are strategies that can help manage them.

Here are Five Ways you can Manage Physical Symptoms of Stress

  1. Talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help diagnose and treat underlying medical causes, provide additional referrals, and medical advice for managing symptoms.
  2. Talk to a mental health professional. A therapist can address mental health and physical health symptoms associated with stressors through psychotherapyinterventions “talk therapy”, mind-body interventions, and stress-management.
  3. Identify the biggest sources of stress to help tailor an action plan. These can be integrated as focus areas as part of your individual goals for well-being.
  4. Make lifestyle long-lasting lifestyle changes. Changes in your eating habits, exercise habits, and sleep cycles can make a significant impact on the physical symptoms associated with stress.
  5. Incorporate relaxation into your daily routine. Mindful meditation, deep breathing, breaks from stressful activities, and planned time for fun can help you relax and recharge.

Written By : Charlotte Johnson, MA, LPCC

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