Stress on the body

November 7th through the 11th is Stress Awareness Week! Everyone experiences stress throughout their life. Stress can manifest itself in our minds and physically on our bodies. Knowing your unique personal symptoms can assist you in taking the right course of action to destress and self-care. 

Physical Signs & Symptoms of Stress

Physical Symptoms of Stress 

  • -Change in appetite: overeating or undereating 
  • -Chest pain 
  • -Headaches 
  • -Breathing difficulties 
  • -Fatigue 
  • -Jaw clenching
  • -Changes in sleep: increased sleep or lack of sleep 
  • -Digestive problems 
  • -High blood pressure
  • -Hair loss 
  • -Decreased libido 
  • -Body aches

While these symptoms can be overwhelming to see on paper, it is proactive to choose those that relate to your own experience. Knowing your body cues and having specific ways to manage them can give you better control of the situation. 

Daily strategies for destressing techniques

  • -Daily physical activity 
  • -Deep breathing 
  • -Participating in hobbies 
  • -Balanced diet 
  • -Talking with your support system
  • -Having firm boundaries 
  • -Set easily attainable goals 
  • -Start a gratitude journal 

*Consider reaching out to a medical professional if symptoms persist over two weeks

These strategies are simple ways to help you destress during those frustrating times in your life. Stress can be debilitating if not properly taken care of in healthy habits. Our bodies can only handle so much. Creating a game plan of recognizing the signs and taking action is a fantastic way to regulate your body. 

What’s one way you practice healthy stress management?

Tell us in the comments below! 

Look no further if you’re looking for a de-stressor during the upcoming holiday! Tapestry Resilience Initiative is releasing a week-long activity campaign on gratitude beginning November 18th through the 24th. Follow their social media pages to get involved!

Tapestry Resilience Initiative



If you feel the need to reach out for help, here are some resources to guide you:

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Call or text 988

Chat at

Crisis Text Line

Text “HELLO” to 741741

24/7 Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline at 1-800-724-0461

Don’t feel like talking? Text SUPPORT to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741

24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 

Dunkirk Mental Hygiene Clinic (716) 363-3550

Jamestown Mental Hygiene Clinic (716) 661-8330 

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