Chances are that by now you have experienced some type of stress in your life—whether from school, work, friend drama or some other source.

While stress here and there can be normal, stress every single day of your life is not. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland wants you to be aware of certain stress management techniques so that you can get control of your stress before it gets control of you!

What Is Stress?

There are two main types of stress—acute and chronic. While acute stress is brought about by certain demands and pressures like your job or a traumatic event, it is usually a shock/stress that eventually goes away.

With chronic stress, on the other hand, your body (and especially, your nervous system) never gets a break from the physical impacts of stress, which can start taking a toll on your overall health.

Symptoms of Stress

  • Acne
  • Appetite changes
  • Chronic pain
  • Decreased energy
  • Digestive issues
  • Frequent sickness
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia

Can Stress Be Prevented?

Although the things that cause stress often can’t be avoided, we can change how we react to stress. Therefore, it is important to learn ways to handle stressful situations so that they don’t end up negatively impacting your quality of life.

Ways to Manage Stress

  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Take breaks from stresses
  • Laugh
  • Get a support system

Is your stress starting to have a negative impact on your overall health? Visit the AFC Urgent Care Cleveland team today for a medical evaluation.