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Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.

How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.

Develop a Stress-Relief
Action Plan

Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.

YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.

Stress Relief Products
In addition to a regular stress management program, there
are many tools available to
assist you on your path to a
stress-free lifestyle. Stress Health Network

Coping After a Traffic Accident

Stress Health Networkhe days following a traffic accident can be just as difficult as the day it happened. If you're one of the 3 million Americans involved in a road mishap, for days you may feel a range of emotions including guilt, uneasiness, fear, shock and nervousness. You may not be able to stop thinking about the accident.

All these reactions are common and to be expected for the first several days. However, their intensity should lessen with time. If intense feelings stay with you and prevent you from a normal life, take note. You may be suffering from post-traumatic stress. Symptoms include

Stress Health Network overreactions such as being too worried or too angry
Stress Health Network a feeling of isolation as if you're not connected to other people or other events
Stress Health Network not wanting to drive or be a passenger in a vehicle
Stress Health Network not wanting to have medical tests or procedures done
Stress Health Network having trouble sleeping
Stress Health Network having nightmares

GETTING HELP
If you suspect you're suffering from post-traumatic stress, let the following suggestions help you on the road to recovery.
Stress Health Network Try to get it out of your system. Talk to friends and relatives about the details of your accident. This may help, especially if you're feeling guilty.
Stress Health Network See your doctor. It's important that your recovery be monitored and that you have needed referrals and medicine.
Stress Health Network Resume your normal activities as soon as possible. You may feel frightened of doing so at first. But push yourself a little. You'll probably feel better once you take up your routine.
Stress Health Network Be active. Get plenty of exercise and take part in activities that take your mind off the accident. If injuries limit your physical activity, ask your doctor to suggest ways you can safely be active.
Stress Health Network Lower your risk of future accidents by practicing safe and defensive driving.

If you continue to feel distraught and the above suggestions don't help, see a mental health professional.

- American Academy of Family Physicians

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