Everyone has a certain amount of stress. But too much of it may make us feel quite fearful or worried, not to mention the physical effects it can cause, such as a rise in blood pressure, increase in colds and flu, increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, etc. When we are stressed, we hurt ourselves physically by damaging out immune system, raising our blood pressure and blood sugar and a myriad of other physical symptoms that signal damage to our bodies.
Here is a list of warning signs that you may be stressed out:
· Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome or stomach cramps.
· Feeling tense, irritable, anxious, sad, angry or depressed.
· Difficulty paying attention or feeling like you don't have any energy.
· Significant changes in eating habits or body weight.
· Skin reactions, including hives.
· Increased symptoms associated with diabetes, asthma or arthritis.
· A rise in blood pressure.
· Decreased sexual desire.
· Pain in the back or neck.
If you feel that you need help with stress management, you do have resources available to you. You can contact Deployment Health if you have been deployed or Mental Health for Active Duty who have not been deployed. Health Promotion & Wellness as well as MCCS Family Advocacy Program also offers stress management services.
For more information, call:
Deployment Health (for those who have been deployed) 830-2785
Mental Health (for active duty only) 830-2724
Health Promotion & Wellness 830-2814
Family Advocacy Program 830-6345