Stress Management - Even if You're Busy

Check in with yourself right now – are you: Tense? Clenching your jaw? Feeling overwhelmed? Worried about your to-do list? If so, you might be stressed. Stress is normal, but it shouldn’t be your constant state. We’re going to talk about how stress affects your body, mind, and life and how you can manage it – even if you’re busy.

Stress Symptoms and Risks
Stress can manifest itself in many different ways in you body, your emotions, your thinking, and your relationships.

These are some of the common symptoms of stress:

  • Feeling tense
  • Depression
  • Poor memory
  • Poor concentration
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Anger/hostility
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Negative thinking
  • Distractibility
  • Excess smoking or eating
  • Feeling overwhelmed or helpless

Stress isn’t just an annoyance or a way of life we often can’t avoid. It’s a huge factor in increasing the risk of dangerous and uncomfortable events like:

  • Accidents
  • Headaches
  • Bowel disorders
  • Poor digestion
  • Skin disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional disorders
  • Asthma attacks
  • High blood pressure/strokes
  • Colds/infections
  • Backache
  • Arthritis/immune disorders
  • Heart attacks/recovery
  • Cancer
  • Ulcers
  • Sexual dysfunction


Stressors are positive or negative things that upset or excite you. Negative stress increases your susceptibility to illness, slows your digestive system, alters your endocrine system (regulates metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood), and over produces the hormone cortisol. Yikes.

Prevention and Management

Stress can be managed, and it’s key to maintaining your physical and mental health. Here are some ways that even the busiest person can manage stress.

Schedule and Prioritize: Make a prioritized list that covers work, lifestyle, and responsibilities and put what MUST be done at the top. What is on your dread list? What can you outsource? Now, build down-time into your schedule so you can make time for fun.

Clear the Clutter: When your surroundings are chaotic, it’s easy to feel chaotic inside. Take care of or move piles or items on your to-do list. The goal is to have clear, clean, and calm surroundings

Relaxation: Relaxation decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. You MUST find time for yourself!

Meditation: Being still and content – there’s no wrong way to meditate! The goal is to find a way for you to not pay attention to the thoughts that you find disturbing. The more you practice, the easier and more effective it will be.

Deep Breathing: Sit tall, but comfortably. Breathe in through your nose, and exhale through your mouth fully. This will instantly calm you.

Humor Therapy: Laughing has physical and mental benefits. Find something funny and enjoy!