Stress: It makes your heart race, your head pound and will set your stomach churning.
While a little stress can be a good thing and help motivate us when needed, too much stress can lead to negative health effects including headaches, upset stomach, back pain, trouble sleeping and a weakened immune system. In fact, the American Institute of Stress reports that up to 90 per cent of visits to primary care physicians are due to stress-related health problems.
“Stress can seem unavoidable. Work demands, family obligations and financial pressures all contribute to our stress levels,” says Ruth Kenzelmann, PhD, a licensed psychologist and vice president of employee assistance programs and WorkLife Services for Optum. “But there are steps you can take to derail stress as it’s happening, and prevent it from interfering with your health and quality of life.”
Dr Kenzelmann suggests some things you can do “in-the-moment” when you’re feeling stressed:
Dr Kenzelmann recommends using these stress-prevention techniques to help change the way you approach and think about certain situations:
For more information on the impact of stress on health and wellbeing, and tips for managing stress in your life, visit optum.com