To say 2020 has been a rough year is probably an understatement for many of us. This year has certainly thrown us some curveballs, which has placed a huge amount of stress on our lives.

However, it is important for us to remember not to focus on the things we cannot control, but on the things that we can control in life!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson wants you to know the importance of tackling stress so that it doesn’t take a negative toll on your health and your immune system.

How Does Stress Affect Your Immune System?

The immune system plays an important role in keeping us healthy and free from sickness. When a virus or bacteria tries to attack the body, it is the immune system that works hard to fight back.

While there are things that can help to boost our immune system, such as getting enough quality sleep and exercising regularly, stress can certainly take a toll, which is why it is important to find effective ways to manage your stress. When you are stressed, your body releases hormones, like cortisol, that can weaken the immune system.

Symptoms of Stress

  • Low energy
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation and nausea
  • Aches, pains and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections

What Are Some Ways You Can Better Manage Stress?

One of the biggest things in managing stress is accepting the things you cannot control. In addition, you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to reduce your stress so that when it does arrive, you are better able to conquer it right then and there.

Living a healthy lifestyle can help you take a huge step in the right direction.

Ways to Reduce Stress

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Find effective ways of relieving stress, like meditation or a hobby.
  • Get enough quality sleep at night.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Don’t smoke.

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