Stress & the Body
Stress symptoms can impact your physical health, thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Explore how stress
can impact certain areas of the body and how to manage it safely.
Joints & nerves: Tense muscles can lead to
aches and pains
Hip pocket nerve: Higher risk of gambling
Reproductive system: Loss of interest in sex
Immune system: Higher risk of illness and
infection as immune system down.
The brain: anxiety, depression, anger. Hard to concentrate, forgetful, not sleeping,
Skin: Pimples and acne can become worse
Teeth: Clenching and grinding tooth surfaces
Neck & shoulders: Tense, tight, shoulders
raised and clenched, can lead to pain and
Heart: Blood pressue rises, heart rate increases.
Liver: Excess alcohol, drug use may damage
Pancreas: Harder to manage diabetes
Digestive system: Upset stomach, cramps,
bloating, pain, constipation, or diarrhoea.
- Stress is when you have to do more than you
feel you can cope with
- Try to be organized and plan ahead
- Focus on the good things in your life
- Have a cup of tea. It give you a chance to
rethink, laugh and relax
Stress Management Tips:
- Rest and relax
- Have time out
- Do something you enjoy
- Get help with your workload if possible
- Eat healthy meals
- Exercise regularly
- Laugh and share a joke it really helps!
- Talk about what s going on in your life
- Don t expect too much from yourself
- Let go of the past