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Benefits news: Coping with stress

Apr 20, 2016

Stress is the physical and emotional pressure, tension and strain people feel when they experience difficult and frustrating situations in their lives. It can be triggered by large events such as the death of a loved one, an automobile accident, problems at work or natural disasters. But seemingly small events can also create stress. Being stuck in traffic, unsolicited phone calls interrupting your dinner, your neighbor's dog barking, or even waiting in a slowly moving line at the store can increase the amount of tension and anxiety we feel.

Too much stress can become a noticeable problem in your life in a number of ways.

  • Emotionally, feelings of panic, anxiety and helplessness are common for people under too much pressure, as are fatigue and depression.
  • Stress can cause or contribute to the occurrence of many physical ailments, including high blood pressure, headaches, an upset stomach, ulcers, insomnia, obesity, a weakened immune system, heart disease and stroke.

There are many things people can do to reduce the amount of stress they feel and improve their overall physical and emotional health. 

To eliminate tension and pressure try to:

  • identify stressors or the cause of your stress
  • keep a schedule to help plan events
  • don't take on too many obligations
  • don't bring stress from your job home with you
  • spend time doing things you like to do
  • perform relaxation techniques
  • keep positive and get enough sleep! 

For more tips and articles on stress management visit www.guidanceresources.com. (First time users must enter EAPBusiness as your company Web ID and enter UNIVE as your employer name)

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