Stress is a normal reaction to the needs and demands of everyday life like work, responsibilities, decisions, relationships and money. We can be stressed by happy events such as a promotion, getting married or having a baby etc. as well as by sad ones such as exam tension, work pressure etc.

A little stress is good. It stimulates us to perform better and adds excitement to life, but too much stress or stress that goes on for a long time can be harmful.

When stressed,You may experience the following symptoms:

  • Fast heartbeats
  • Tense muscles
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Headaches, stomach aches or diarrhea
  • Being anxious and bed-tempered all the time
  • Feeling tired and having trouble concentrating.

If the stress continues, may develop:

  • Migraine
  • Stomach ulcers
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Depression or mental illness

Stress Busters

Learn to use these relaxation techniques when you feel stressed:

  • Deep breathing
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Shoulder and neck massage

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