Stress Management Q & A

You may not be able to stop the bills from coming every month or control the demands of your job and family, but you can make better use of the stress these things cause. Leslie Ware, PA-C, and her team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, in Charlotte, North Carolina, focus on helping you take charge of your health through lifestyle changes and offer help with changing the way you view stress when you join the medical membership program. To learn about the good side of stress, call Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, today or leave a message here to request a free consultation.

 

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What is stress?

Stress has been defined as what arises in the body when something you care about is at stake.  It involves physical reactions, emotions and thoughts that help us deal with situations and accomplish our goals. Stress may be divided into categories:

  • Acute stress
    Often referred to as the fight-or-flight response, acute stress causes your body to release a cascade of hormones to protect you from injury. The metabolic changes caused by acute stress may last up to 90 minutes.
  • Chronic  stress
    Chronic stress includes all the issues you face from your job, family, or life demands. You may have a tendency to ignore or push chronic stress aside, but this type of stress can either work for you or against you depending on how you see and use it.
  • Eustress
    Not all stress is bad. Eustress refers to the positive stress reactions you feel when facing meaningful situations.

While not all stress is bad, you may tend to pay more attention to the negative stress than the positive.

 

Is stress bad for my health?

High levels of chronic stress can wreak havoc on both your physical and emotional health However, those people that believe stress is not for their harm, live longer happier lives.

Common health issues related to poorly managed ‘di-stress’ include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Stomach upset
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleeplessness
  • Muscle pain and tension

Stress can also lead to emotional and mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. It can also affect behavior and make you quick to anger or cause you to withdraw from your circle of friends. You may also turn to unhealthy solutions —  such as alcohol, food, or drugs — to manage your stress, and this can affect your physical health.

What is stress management?

Stress management at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, focuses on helping you make lifestyle changes to optimize your overall health and prevent or reverse chronic health conditions. When you join the medical membership program, you can expect to get an individualized plan, regular support, and ongoing feedback to help you learn how to manage your stress.

Your stress management plan may include personalized techniques to help you better manage the situations you find stressful.

Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, can also help you make changes at home or at work to reduce stress levels and improve quality of life.

For stress management with minimal to no medications, call Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC today or leave a message here to request a free consultation.