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The military community faces a variety of unique stressors everyday such as deployment cycles, multiple relocations, and working daily in a combat environment. When stress is not managed in a healthy way, it can have severe effects on the body.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Memory problems, indecisiveness, inability to concentrate, trouble thinking clearly, poor judgment, seeing only the negative, anxious or racing thoughts, constant worrying, loss of objectivity, fearful anticipation
Moodiness, agitation, restlessness, short temper, irritability, impatience, inability to relax, feeling tense and "on edge", feeling overwhelmed, sense of loneliness and isolation, depression or general unhappiness
Headaches or backaches, muscle tension and stiffness, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, insomnia, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, weight gain or loss, skin breakouts (hives, eczema), loss of sex drive, autoimmune diseases
Healthy Ways to Manage Stress
Keeps bodies healthy and strong and produces endorphins, which are chemicals that have a feeling of well-being!
Deep breathing techniques calm the body by countering the effects of adrenaline and the stress hormone, cortisol. Deep breathing releases endorphins-the bodies’ own painkillers, into the system. This can help relieve headaches, sleeplessness, backaches and other stress related aches and pains. Deep breathing helps to clear and focus the mind. Deep breathing strengthens weak abdominal and intestinal muscles.
Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. Massage stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. Increases flexibility, reduces recovery time, releases endorphins and detoxifies the body.
For more information or to sign up for Stress Management Classes contact Counseling Services.