Helpful Tips to Manage Stress

April 19, 2022

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Work, personal relationships, social obligations… These burdens can feel heavier to some than they do for others.

While stress is a part of life for everyone, how it’s processed varies from person to person. Different causes have different effects, and depending on the person, those effects can be severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. Understanding what stress is and what causes it is an important step in learning how to cope with it.

What causes stress?

Any physical, mental, or emotional strain — regardless of the source or the severity — can be considered a form of stress. Stress can have numerous effects, ranging from mental and emotional to physical conditions, including:

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, several factors can make people more susceptible to stress, including:

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How to cope with stress

Because stress can come from numerous sources and affects people in different ways, coping with stress can manifest in a variety of ways with some strategies overlapping with others. To manage your stress, NAMI recommends the following strategies:

You don’t have to face challenges alone. Counseling Services at the Elmer Hugh Taylor Clinic with Cathy Rigg, LCSW can provide guidance and support on the way to better wellness. To schedule an appointment, call (217) 323-2245.