Your emotional health and mental health have a big effect on your physical health. When you’re feeling stressed, you may experience high blood pressure, weight gain, and – in pregnancy, even early delivery of your baby (preterm birth).
If you spend a little bit of time now, figuring out what helps you reduce the stress in your life will pay off later, especially during pregnancy. Stress is hard on your physical health. It can cause high blood pressure, weight gain, and (if pregnant) having a premature baby.
Here are some tips to help lower your stress, stay balanced, and improve your overall health.
Don’t ignore the issue
Take on what’s bothering you directly by trying to work through the issue, resolve it, and move on. Sometimes, doing it by yourself or having friends and family try to help is not enough.
Find counseling and therapy when you feel you need that help. Learn about ways to reduce stress from the Mayo Clinic
What if it’s more than just stress
Sometimes normal stress crosses the line into depression and anxiety. These are real medical problems that can affect anyone.
Mental Health America of Tarrant County has great ways to connect you with support groups, local and online resources – even if you just need someone to talk to.
Know the signs of depression and anxiety
Some of the most common signs of depression include:
- Empty feelings that do not go away
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling detached
Signs of anxiety can include worrying too much, feeling powerless and panic feelings that will not go away.
Learn about general mental health issues and treatments
Sometimes it is not easy to ask for help, but it is the right thing to do – for yourself and for the family you may have one day.
Talk to your healthcare provider about your feelings so they can get you the help you need. You can also call the National Lifeline for Support at (800) 273-TALK (8255).