Maintaining Winter Health & Wellness: Tackling Stress & Anxiety

The winter months take quite a toll on the average person. From the stress of the holidays to seasonal affective disorder, almost everyone experiences stress and anxiety during the winter season. How do you deal with this stress and anxiety? Treatment looks different for everyone. Some may simply need to take some quiet time for themselves, while others may need to seek professional help.

How Do You Know When You’re Experiencing Stress & Anxiety?

The signs of stress and anxiety will vary from person to person. Here are a few signs you may be stressed:

  • Headaches
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Irritability
  • Loss of Sleep
  • No Control Over Emotions
  • Unhealthy Eating Habits
  • Social Withdrawal

The signs of anxiety can be similar to stress symptoms and will also be different for each person. If you’re experiencing anxiety, here are some symptoms you may have:

  • Nervousness
  • Panicked Feelings
  • Sweating
  • Muscle Twitching
  • Digestive Problems
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Obsessing
  • Increased Heart Rate

As we said above, anxiety and stress will appear differently in each individual. If you’re noticing changes in your mood or daily tasks becoming difficult, these could be symptoms of anxiety, stress, or both.

How To Treat Stress And Anxiety Symptoms At Home

If you’re beginning to notice signs of stress and anxiety, you could try a few things before seeing a doctor. Simple lifestyle changes have been known to improve overall mood and health, in turn helping symptoms of stress and anxiety. These are a few ways you can achieve a healthy lifestyle:

  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Exercise
  • Stop Smoking
  • Reduce Caffeine Intake
  • Try Meditation and Yoga
  • Eat Healthy
  • Sleep

When Should You See A Doctor?

If you’ve made healthy lifestyle changes and you’re still not seeing an improvement, you should make an appointment with your primary care doctor. They will recommend further treatment if your stress or anxiety is disrupting your daily life. A few examples of this could be:

  • Trouble focusing at work, school, or in your social life
  • Coping with drugs, alcohol, or smoking
  • Anxiety caused by a more serious problem
  • Experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors

Are You Covered?

If you’re experiencing stress or anxiety, you’ll need to make sure you have the best coverage possible. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. Get your free quote today or call me at 574-306-2028.