Too much stress is bad for your mental and physical health. Stress is your body’s reaction to real or perceived threats. This “fight or fight” response releases chemicals that affect many areas of your physical health, including your immune system.
Chronic stress can lead to the following:
- Frequent muscle aches, headaches, or changes in sleep habits
- Greater frequency of colds and fu
- Increased sadness, anxiety, anger, or irritability
- Reduced concentration and forgetfulness
- Overeating or loss of appetite
The good news is that there are ways you can help lower chronic stress like eating well, moving more, and getting enough sleep. If you believe you are suffering from stress symptoms, check out one of these free publications from the ISU Extension Store, store.extension.iastate.edu, to help you cope. If you think you may need counseling to help you cope with your stress, contact the Iowa Concern Hotline, www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/, at 1-800-447-1985.