sTRESS

 

Stress is how your brain and body react to demands that are placed on you / Any type of challenge, including work, school, money, relationships, life or traumatic events can be stressful, which can affect both your physical and mental health / A small to moderate amount of stress is however not harmful, and can motivate you to perform well / It is important to pay attention to what causes you excessive stress and how you deal with stress so you know when and where to seek help / Too much stress can cause various symptoms: Physical (e.g. headaches, upset stomach, sweaty hands, dry mouth, fatigue, nausea, frequent colds ) , Emotional ( e.g. nervousness, feeling overwhelmed, inability to relax, irritability, mood changes ), Cognitive ( e.g. memory problems, poor concentration and judgement, constant worry, fixating on the negative in situations ), Behavioral ( e.g. changes in eating and sleeping habits, using drugs and alcohol, isolating yourself, neglecting responsibilities, biting your nails or fidgeting ) /if you don’t manage stress, it can lead to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety