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

Cognitive Symptoms

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

Emotional Symptoms

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

Physical Symptoms

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

Exercise

Keeps bodies healthy and h4 and produces endorphins, which are chemicals that have a feeling of well-being!

Deep Breathing

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.

Massage Therapy

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.

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