As you go through each day, do you feel as if you can handle what life gives you?
Or, do you feel overwhelmed, nervous, irritable or even sick just because of the pressure of everyday living?
Stress is a feeling of pain and pressure. A little stress is not such a bad thing, because it spurs us to accomplish things, try our best, and in some cases simply react to our environment so that we can survive.
However, excess stress disproportionate to the challenges or experiences in our lives can be damaging. Serious medical symptoms can result, including clinical depression, cardiovascular disease, cancer and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Sometimes merely the suggestion of a threat (such as hearing a song on the radio which reminds the listener of an emotional situation) can cause stress.

There are many ways people suffering from stress can cope or find relief from stress. Sometimes the situation itself can be removed. Sometimes therapy can help stress sufferers manage their emotions and physical reactions. Your EAP counselor can help you find relief.

If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms, Please contact your EAP counselor.
  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others
  • Physical symptoms of stress include:
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
  • Cognitive symptoms of stress include:
  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
  • Behavioral symptoms of stress include:
  • Changes in appetite -- either not eating or eating too much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

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