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How to cope with chronic stress

On November 6, we mark International Stress Awareness Day. Stress affects us all in different ways, and it’s crucial to open up about our experiences.


Stress is a natural response to the demands and pressures of life. It’s your body’s way of reacting to a situation and can be triggered by anything from work deadlines to personal challenges. Short-term stress can sometimes be a good thing, as it can motivate you to get things done. However, chronic stress, which is long-term and continuous stress, can have a significant impact on your physical health.


Even though stress is something that is going on in your mind (it’s part of mental health), it can cause you to have issues with your body. For example, it can cause you to have high blood pressure. Stress can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep because you are lying awake thinking about everything that is worrying you. Chronic stress can cause you to gain weight, have issues with your digestive system, and cause pain in areas such as your back and your neck particularly.


The good news is that there are things that you can do to manage stress. You can eat healthy food and exercise regularly. Sharing your feeling with someone you trust can help. Watch a funny movie or clips on your phone that make you laugh. Thinking about something positive in your life, even if it is something small, can help relieve stress.


Let’s shine a light on managing stress and promoting well-being! Remember, you’re not alone. Let’s foster a culture of understanding and support.

Follow @MasiviweZA on social media, or check out our website www.masiviwe.org.za for more tips on mental health issues.

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