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The Problem? Stress. The Solution? Self-Care

A woman experiencing stress and in need of self-care

It’s not unusual to feel extreme anxiety or pressure (especially these days) about everything you have to take care of.  But there is a solution: taking care of yourself!  Practicing self-care, even for just a few minutes a day, can make a big difference in your health and wellbeing.  This improvement starts with learning to recognize the signs that the stress in your life has reached unhealthy levels.

What Does Stress Look Like?

Harbor Community Health Center providers want you to know that while it’s normal for some things in life to be stressful, too much stress can physically hurt you.  Traffic, work, school, relationships, or family illness are all commonly stressful situations.  But if you feel stressed often or all the time with no relief, the physical symptoms will start to show up in your body.  You may be suffering from chronic stress if you’re experiencing:

Some signs of chronic stress reveal themselves in your behaviors, emotions, and relationships – signs like:

How Can I Deal With Stress?

HCHC’s providers suggest and recommend a number of self-care techniques that make you feel calmer or happier.  When the stress gets too great, these techniques allow your mind and body to relax in between all of life's challenges.  Some ideas for self-care are:

If self-care techniques don’t seem to be lowering the level of stress in your life, our care providers are here to help.  Harbor Community Health Centers’ services, ranging from primary care to behavioral health and psychotherapy, allow us to treat the whole patient.  Let us assist you in getting to the bottom of your chronic stress and creating a unique treatment plan that’s right for you.

Author
Dr. Dianne Bohorquez, Ph.D Director of Behavioral Health Harbor Community Health Centers 593 W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731-2521 T: 310-547-0202 | Fax: 310-547-5096

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