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On Stress

How do I recognize it?

Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed their resources and ability to cope. Each person experiences and reacts to a stressful situation differently. Learn to recognize your own signs and then identify the cause of these symptoms. Stress management is a combination of changing the stressful situation and changing your response to the situation.


  • Withdrawal
  • Blaming or Anger
  • Fatigue or an inability to focus
  • Forgetfulness or a lack of concentration
  • Anxiety or excessive worry
  • Heart pounding
  • Irritability or harsh treatment of others
  • Increased smoking or alcohol/drug consumption
  • Change in eating and sleep patterns 
  • Headaches
  • Teeth grinding
  • Cold sores
  • Skin disorders
  • Stomach difficulties
  • Frequent colds (suppressed immune system)

What causes it?

  • Change in life circumstances (financial, health, move, family or work/school changes)
  • Feelings of being challenged or threatened
  • Feelings of a loss of personal control
  • Feeling overwhelmed with workload

What can help?

  • Discover your specific triggers and symptoms
  • Manage your time: prioritize, reduce & schedule time demands, balance activities, organize
  • Develop healthy practices: eat properly, sleep 7-8 hours, exercise regularly, relaxation & meditation techniques
  • Develop a support system: talk with friends, family
  • Positive and calming self-talk: examine thoughts and beliefs: develop realistic expectations of self and others
  • Learn about stress through books, internet sites etc.
  • Meet with a counsellor
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