At some point or another, we will all face stress in our lives, whether mild or severe. Managing stress is a valuable tool to a happier and healthier life. But how can we do this?
Keven Pendo, a first-year medical student at Florida International University, gave a presentation on managing stress through UHI. He is being mentored through UHI’s student mentorship program, which allows him to work with people in need while helping them prepare to become professional medical practitioners!
Here are his tips…
What is stress?
Stress is a physical or emotional reaction to a situation where a person feels threatened or anxious.
Prolonged periods of stress can have negative effects on your health such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and anxiety.
To avoid these risks, it is important to try to manage your stress levels and reach out for help if you are overwhelmed. But how can we do this?
Healthy Ways to Manage Stress:
- Take care of yourself- Eat healthy, exercise, and sleep well.
- Talk to others (Crisis Text Line: 741741 | Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255)
- Avoid drugs and alcohol
- Take a break during a stressful day
- Recognize when you need more help
Remember that different things will work for different people!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, always reach out to your doctor or therapist and don’t hesitate to allow yourself to have access to the help that you need.
This is why UHI offers free healthcare to those in need!
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