Self-Care is Important to Relieving Stress and Anxiety
By Dr. Meredith Smith & Dr. William Elsass
The kids are now at home, demanding your attention and time while you are working from a home office. Perhaps you are not working at all at the moment due to a forced layoff or business closure. Or you could be working long hours as a caregiver, health care professional, first responder or other essential employee. Regardless of your situation during the pandemic, you are probably like thousands of other Americans, struggling with increased stress and anxiety during these trying times. The added weight of financial burdens, job demands and caring for children can have a significant effect on our physical and mental well-being.
Stress can cause mild to severe symptoms, impacting some people in a more extreme way than others. On the physical side, stress can cause headaches, an upset stomach, muscle tension, rapid heartbeat and insomnia. Mentally, increased anxiety or depression can occur, along with lack of motivation or feelings of anger or frustration. Failing to understand and deal with stress can have lasting impacts on our health and relationships. So how can we best keep our stress under control?
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