Want to live a longer, healthier and more peaceful life? Decrease your stress.
While some stress is normal, too much stress can take an unhealthy and unexpected toll on you. Chronic stress can interfere with your job, relationships and enjoyment of life. Over time, it can lead to health problems, too: Chronic stress increases your risk of stroke by 50%, heart disease by 40% and heart attack by 25%. In fact, the American Institute of Stress says that stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease.
Here’s what to do.
1. Recognize the Signs
The first step to managing stress is to recognize when your stress level is too high. Signs include:
- Headaches, upset stomach, muscle tension
- Chest, neck or back pain
- Sleep problems
- Skin breakouts
- Short temper, crankiness
- Lack of energy, feeling tired
- Feeling sad or crying
- Constant worry
- Inability to focus, forgetfulness
- Nail biting, grinding teeth
- Skipping meals or eating too much or eating unhealthy foods
- Drinking too much alcohol or abusing drugs
2. Take Action
When you’re feeling stressed, try exercise, healthy eating, relaxation techniques or enjoyable activities. But if you can’t manage it on your own, getting help is your best bet. Whether you’re worried about a relationship, money problems or parenting issues, Workplace Options is always here when you need it.
- Take advantage of free, confidential counseling—Counselors are available to help you 24/7/365.
- Visit the website for articles, resources, quizzes, audio clips, webinars and videos on a variety of stress-related topics.
- Use basic legal and financial planning services to address any related issues causing you stress.
To learn more about how Workplace Options can help, view the orientation presentation or visit www.achievesolutionsglobal.net (company code: automation). If you prefer to speak to someone, call 1.855.897.4044.