November 3 is National Stress Awareness Day

Everyone has stress. Stress is any type of change that causes physical, emotional or psychological strain.


Some stress is good for you, for example, when you are learning something new, it stresses your mental capabilities. When you exercise, you put stress on your body that causes positive changes.


When there is too much stress on your body and mind, due to medical, financial, personal and other issues, it is harmful to your health and relationships.


According to WebMD, some of the symptoms of overstress that you should be aware of include:


  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated and moody
  • Low energy
  • Headaches, upset stomach and other physical ailments
  • Insomnia
  • Constant worrying
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Changes in appetite
  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors such as nail biting or pacing


The long-term effects of stress can be devastating if not handled well. At Flatrock, our programming provides many avenues for our residents to deal with stress — such as cognitive therapy; nature outings and sensory rooms. It is important to be aware of the signs of stress and take care of it, so it doesn’t become unmanageable.


When stress is overwhelming to the point of affecting relationships, work and well-being, a visit to a medical doctor or nurse practitioner is a good first step. A health care provider can evaluate symptoms and rule out other conditions before helping prepare a plan for stress reduction.