HOW DOES STRESS AFFECT MY EMOTIONS?
Your body responds to stress by making stress hormones. These hormones help your body respond to situations of extreme need, such as when you are in danger. But when your body makes too many of these hormones for a long period of time, the hormones wear down your body – and your emotions. People who are under stress a lot are often emotional, anxious, irritable and even depressed. Relaxation methods, such as deep breathing and meditation, and exercise are also useful ways to cope with stress.
WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID PROBLEMS?
Try to be more aware of your emotions and reactions. Learn to identify and address the reasons for sadness, frustration and anger in your life. Learn to express your feelings in appropriate ways. It’s important to let people close to you know when something is bothering you. Keeping feelings of sadness or anger inside takes extra energy. It can also cause problems in your relationships and at work or school. Think before you act. Before you get carried away by your emotions and say or do something you might regret, give yourself time to think. Strive for balance in your life. Make time for things you enjoy. Focus on positive things in your life. Take care of your physical health by exercising regularly, eating healthy meals and getting enough sleep. Don’t abuse drugs or alcohol. Your physical health can afect your emotional health. Talk to your doctor, call 733 662 5888 to make an appointment