InsideChats’s Educational Talks: Stress

“Stress is the trash of modern life-we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” ― Danzae Pace

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We all have experienced stress so we probably all know the definition of stress; it’s the body’s reaction harmful situations, whether perceived or real. When our body’s are experiencing stress it can manifest physically and mentally, which causes a wide range issues. Some health risks caused by stress are headaches, increased depression, heartburn, insomnia, rapid breathing, risk of heart attack, weakened immune system, high blood sugar, pounding heart, high blood pressure, fertility problems, stomachaches, erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, missed periods and muscle tension (Pietrangelo, 2017). The health related symptoms are one way of identifying high stress level; however, there are other signs of stress.

Signs of Stress

  • Easily irritated
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Depression or feelings worthlessness
  • Avoiding others
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Stomach issues
  • Muscle tension
  • Chest pain
  • Nervous behaviors like leg shaking
  • Frequent illness
  • Low sex drive
  • Constant worrying
  • Forgetfulness & disorganization
  • Decrease concentration
  • Poor judgement
  • Decreased positivity
  • Changes in appetite
  • Avoiding responsibilities
  • Substance or alcohol abuse

Long-term Effects

  • Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
  • Eating disorders or weight issues
  • Skin & hair issues
  • Gastrointestinal issues
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Ways to Cope with Stress

  • Journaling your emotions
  • Practicing meditation & mindfulness
  • Time management
  • Distracting oneself with hobbies, friends, family, loves ones, etc.
  • Physical activity
  • Religion & spirituality
  • Seeking therapy
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“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”
~ Viggo Mortensen


Pietrangelo, A. (2017). Healthline: Effects of stress on your body. Retrieved from

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