|Dr. Ajay Bhandari|
Symptoms of stress include:
- Chest pain
- Sleep disturbances
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Changes in appetite
- Financial hardships
- Health problems
- Academic challenges
- Relationship problems
- Work situations
- Imbalanced home-life
Coping with Stress
“It is always better to deal with stress early before it amplifies”, says Dr. Ajay Bhandari, a psychiatrist with Meritus Health's Behavioral Health Services. “Regular exercise, deep breathing techniques, social meetings, talking to someone, and a regular balanced diet may all lower your stressor,” he said.
Dr. Bhandari also gives other suggestions for coping with stress. These include:
- Improved time management at work.
- Taking on realistic responsibilities that you feel that you can accomplish without feeling overwhelmed.
- Fostering support and co-operation among coworkers.
- Reducing the amount of work that you bring home.
- Relaxation time at home.
- Contacting your Employee Assistance Program, if your employer provides one.
There are also certain protective factors such that aid in handling stress such as education, a social network, and accessibility to resources. While stress is inevitable, there are ways to mitigate stress and maintain a balanced life. If these early intervention methods are not working, Dr. Bhandari recommends consulting your physician, therapist or counselor.
By: Mark Russ