Knowing how to manage stress is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Reducing stress can improve physical and mental well-being.
Risks associated with stress
- Heart disease: Stress can increase heart rate and blood flow, causing cholesterol to be released in the bloodstream.
- Depression: Chronic stress can be linked to depression and anxiety. In a survey done by WebMD, 80% of people with stress-related jobs were at risk of developing depression.
- Obesity: When people are stressed, they look for "comfort food." These foods are usually high in calories and fat, which can lead to weight gain.
- Diabetes: Stress can lead to unhealthy behaviors, such as excessive eating and drinking. This can lead to type 2 diabetes.
5 tips for managing stress
from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Take care of yourself: Practice eating healthy, getting exercise and plenty of sleep, and taking breaks.
- Take care of your body: Try stress-reducing exercises such as stretching, meditating or doing yoga.
- Talk to others: Share your problems with trusted friends and family. Consider joining our Social Connect class, focusing on managing and reducing stress.
- Take a break from the news: Stories on the news can be upsetting to hear or see. Take breaks from this and do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible.
- Seek help when needed: Juniper offers many classes on living well. Check out these classes or call us at 1-855-215-2174.