Health Matters

Dealing With Daily Stress

Guest: Professor Maureen Grissom

Whether dealing with working from home, worrying about COVID or other concerns, many people are feeling more stress these days. Professor Maureen Grissom from the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine says we can't escape stress entirely, but we can manage it.

“Stress can be helpful in situations that pose real danger. But chronic stress has been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Signs of chronic stress include: headaches, irritability and difficulty with sleep. Some attempts to cope, like stress eating and substance use, may worsen health. Instead, be proactive in managing stress.”

  • Make time for activities you enjoy.
  • Spend time (even virtually) with family and friends; receiving and giving social support can help.
  • Practicing yoga, meditation or deep breathing; even five minutes a day.
  • Lastly, getting out into nature can improve your mood.

“Taking steps to manage stress will improve your mental and physical health.”

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