Recognizing and dealing with stress Part 1

Many of us are stressed. We live in a stressful world, have stressful jobs, and sometimes stressful relationships. We all will experience it one time or another. At Imagine Hope we feel it is important to recognize when you are stressed so you can manage it appropriately. This week we will talk about signs and symptoms of stress, ways to cope, how to stay healthy during unavoidable stress, and also recognizing stress in children. Let's start with symptoms of stress: Physical symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Neck or back pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Sexual difficulty
  • Increased blood pressure or heart palpitations

Emotional symptoms:

  • Increased moodiness
  • Withdrawal from others
  • Frequent crying
  • Considering suicide
  • Difficulty concentrating or loss of memory
  • Easily angered
  • Hopelessness

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Finger tapping
  • Increased alcohol use or smoking
  • Compulsive eating
  • Increased drug use
  • Nail biting
  • Decreased productivity
  • Problems in your relationships

It is important to note that many signs of stress are closely related to signs of Depression. If stress is not dealt with and managed appropriately, it can lead to Depression.  Many of our clients that show signs of Depression have not coped well with stress to begin with. It is important to take care of yourself during times of stress. Keep reading this week to find out how.

*Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling.  We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.