Stress can be thought of as our physical or mental reaction to demanding situations. A certain amount of daily stress is normal. However, ongoing or excessive stress can result in fatigue, burnout and even depression. Stress can also harm our relationships and our physical health if not addressed early. This tip sheet identifies some of the symptoms of stress and offers tips to help you manage the stress in your life.
Learning to recognize the symptoms is the first step in effectively managing stress. Some signs of excessive stress are:
A number of techniques can assist you in reducing stress. We recommend that you experiment with the following methods and use those that are most effective for you:
If stress is interfering with your health, well-being or ability to function in your life, get help. Signs that stress may be getting out of hand include crying, feeling overwhelmed or anxious, being irritable, having trouble concentrating and finding it difficult to face the demands of your routine.
Call us for more information, help and support. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide confidential assistance at no cost to you. Additional information, self-help tools and other resources are available online at www.MagellanHealth.com.
PPG Industries, Inc. Employee Assistance Program
1-800-EAP-0761 / 1-800-327-0761