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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Stress Management

How does stress affect body and health?

Both short and long-term stress can have effects on your body. Research is starting to show the serious effects of stress on our bodies. Stress triggers changes in our bodies and makes us more likely to get sick. Symptoms of Stress can be Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Mental and Relational.

Physical

  • Appetite Change
  • Headaches
  • Tension
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Weight Change
  • Colds
  • Muscle Aches
  • Digestive Upsets
  • Pounding Heart
  • Accident Prone
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Rash
  • Restlessness
  • Foot-tapping
  • Finger-drumming
  • Increased Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use

Emotional

  • Anxiety
  • Frustration
  • The “Blues”
  • Mood Swings
  • Bad Temper
  • Nightmares
  • Crying Spells
  • Irritability
  • “No one cares”
  • Depression
  • Nervous Laughter
  • Worrying
  • Easily Discouraged
  • Little Joy

Spiritual

  • Emptiness
  • Loss of Meaning
  • Doubt
  • Unforgiving
  • Looking for Magic
  • Loss of Direction
  • Cynicism
  • Apathy
  • Needing to “prove” self

Mental

  • Forgetfulness
  • Dull Senses
  • Low Productivity
  • Negative Attitude
  • Confusion
  • Lethargy
  • Whirling Mind
  • No New Ideas
  • Boredom
  • Spacing out
  • Negative Self-Talk
  • Poor Concentration

Relational

  • Isolation
  • Intolerance
  • Resentment
  • Loneliness
  • Lashing Out
  • Hiding
  • Clamming Up
  • Lowered Sex Drive
  • Nagging
  • Distrust
  • Lack of Intimacy
  • Using People
  • Fewer Contacts With Friends