Stress is a natural human response to challenges. The resulting worry and mental tension from stress can impact your overall well-being and, ironically, your ability to deal with the problems causing the stress.
Stress can cause anxiety, irritation, headaches, stomach issues, sleep problems, and a loss of appetite. Chronic stress can also worsen pre-existing health issues and could make you want to turn to alcohol, tobacco, and other addictive substances as stress relief. It can also worsen mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Depression and anxiety can make you withdraw from human interaction and social settings and spend more time on social media and on your smartphone or other electronic devices. Unfortunately, this can have psychological repercussions, lead to cognitive impairment, and impact your efficiency, productivity, and performance at work. Overuse of social media has been demonstrated to increase stress and mental and physical health issues; despite the opportunity it provides to connect with other people.
Persistent stress symptoms can interfere with your daily life, especially at work or school. When faced with stressful circumstances, everyone behaves differently. Coping strategies and stress symptoms differ from person to person. So, if you aren’t always able to deal with stressful circumstances, don’t beat yourself up.
By learning how to manage your emotions and getting to grips with stress management techniques, you can improve your emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing.
However, there are ways to deal with stress:
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