The Dirty Secrets of Stress

The Dirty Secrets of Stress

 Flourishing Hope Counseling Dirty Secrets of Stress

Did you know?


Workplace Stress is Responsible For Up To $190B in Annual U.S. Healthcare Costs. [1]–That’s a lot of cheese!
77% of people in offices across the country are regularly experiencing physical malfunctions caused by stress.[2] –It’s a national issue.
73% are dealing with psychological issues that are caused by stress.[3] – It’s not all in your head.
Learn how to recognize stress, pick up tips to handle stress better and replace those unhealthy habits with healthy ones.
Different things stress people out and each person responds differently. It is important not to judge another person based on their stress responses. Stress can be individually defined. The need to overcome stress is universal.
Let’s not just talk about the negative parts, there is a healthy type of stress called eustress. This type of stress prompts us and encourages us. This type of stress can push us to complete a task, finish a project or get something done. People find many ways to cope with stress both negative and positive. By reading you will learn how to recognize stress in its many forms as well as how to overcome it.



Cognitive Symptoms

Stress can affect the mental process of a person by stopping or stuttering their way of thinking. A person that is under stress may experience symptoms such as frequent worry, negative thinking, inability to concentrate, loss of focus and difficulty remembering things.

Emotional Symptoms

Emotional symptoms of stress can negatively affect a person in many ways. People may experience depression, anxiety, anger, frequent change in moods, fear and irritability.

Mental Symptoms

People that are experiencing stress may have mental symptoms such as an inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, decreased productivity, negativity, restless mind, mental exhaustion.

Physical Symptoms  

Physical symptoms of stress are muscles aches, tension in different parts of the body, change in appetite, headaches, and insomnia.

Social Symptoms

Isolation, avoidance of situations and people, angry outburst, decreased sex drive and intolerance are social symptoms of stress.

Spiritual Symptoms

No sense of purpose, feelings of emptiness, loss of meaning in life and loss of direction are spiritual symptoms of stress.


Negative Coping

  • Withdrawal from others and situations
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Smoking
  • Denial of problems
  • Participation in risky behaviors
  • Procrastination
  • Overeating
  • Overspending
  • Overcommitment

Positive Coping / What to do

  • Simplifying your life
  • Using time management skills
  • Exercise
  • Make healthy eating choices –I did not say DIET
  • Using a budget for spending
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Do not over committee
  • Smile more –studies show that smiling has a positive impact on your mood and attitude
  • Spend quality time with family, friends and yourself
  • Create balance between work and play
  • Develop a support system

Notice the positive coping skills list is longer, of course, it is; it’s the one I want you to use more of. To learn more about stress and additional life skills today!



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