STRESS is the body’s way of responding to a threat or situation, through increased heart function,elevatedstrength and stamina, enhancedreaction time and increasedfocus (the fight/flight/freeze response).
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In the short-term, these effects can have positive situational outcomes; however,long-term (chronic) stress can have major health effects.

Some of these health effects can include: developing diabetes; skin problems; increased blood pressure; heart attacks; strokes; or lowering of the immune system response.

How do you know if stress is a problem for you?There are different signs and symptoms of chronic stress. The four components include cognitive,emotional, physical and behavioural symptoms.

Some of these signs and symptoms include: memory problems and difficulty concentrating; anxious or racing thoughts; moodiness; loss of sex drive; eating more or less; using alcohol or drugs to relax; depression; sleeping more or less; or feeling tired all the time (with no good reason).

What can be done to reduce stress?The good news is there is plenty that you can do to reduce stress levels. Spending qualitytime with loved ones and close friends is an important component. Speaking with your GP or allied health professional is also agood starting place.

Some techniques to help manage stress include: exercise regularly; have a healthy and balanced diet; take time for yourself(massage, relaxation or mindfulness); set aside time to reflect on the day; positive self-talk and goal setting; and getting enough sleep to meet your needs.

Try out the Beyond Blue, headspace, or reachout南京夜网 websites, or theSmiling Mind App as a how-to on relaxing your brain.

It is important to self-monitor, to listen to expressed concerns from others who havepositive influences in your life, and to strive for a balance of work, rest and play.

Kaitlyn Middleton is a health promotion and youth health professional.

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