*SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF STRESS*

        *WHAT IS STRESS?*  

      Stress is a mental distress on how the body reacts to the outside force. Stress can either be psychological or emotional.

      Excitement is a happy and positive event, e.g promotion, etc.

      Distress occurs due to the negative stress condition of the road, at work, etc.

         *TYPES OF STRESS*

*General stress:* Thinking about what to eat. This is the kind of stress that happens to everyone.

*Cumulative stress:* this is the type of stress that happens regularly.

*Acute stress:* this occurs as a result of bad events.

*Post-traumatic stress:* it is a short and long term goal stress.

         *SYMPTOMS OF STRESS*

1. Body ache

2. Insomnia

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3. Low appetite

4. Talking too fast

5. Hostility

6. Aggression

7. Absent minded

8. Over eating

9. Frequent fever

10. Frequent pee

11. Yawning

12. Over reaction

13. Poor effectiveness.

14. People under stress forget things easily.

          *MANAGEMENT OF STRESS*

1. Live with an attitude of gratitude

2. Be prayerful and depend on God

3. Be happy with yourself and others

4. Help others as often as possible

5. Manage your time judiciously

6. Meditate always.

7. Have schedule for events and programs.

8. Observe quiet time everyday, etc.

          *CAUSES OF STRESS*

1. The way we think can cause negative thoughts, therefore we must confess and think positively at all time.

2. What we eat contributes to stress either positively or negatively, e.g caffeine, alcohol, etc.

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3.  Fruits and vegetables contributes to the way we think.

*GOOD HABITS TO BE OBSREVED*

1. Eat slowly for easy digestion and healthy living.

2. Find time to relax daily.

3. Exercises like breathing in and out, etc

4. Find time to talk to God and yourself.

5. Find time to listen to music.

6. Smile always.

7. Get people around you.

8. Do something new.

9. Get enough sleep at least 6½ hours.

10. Observe siesta for at least 15-30 minutes daily.

11. Do not be master of all. Try to say *NO* sometimes, no one is perfect. *AVOID PRESSURE*.

12. Be flexible, don’t be rigid. Believing _”this is how I have been doing it”_ is a state of rigidity, try something new.

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13. Avoid negative minded people.

14. Don’t procastinate.

      In conclusion, to live healthy, have time for yourself and be happy with your life 👌