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What is Stress?

Stress is a feeling of emotion or physical tension which can be triggered by an event or thought that can make you feel mad, sad, nervous, or frustrated. Stress is the body's natural reaction to a challenge or demand. Stress can become harmful when it lasts for a long period of time.

What Are The Symptoms of Stress?

  • Headaches

  • Muscle pain/tension

  • Restlessness

  • Angry outbursts

  • Chest pain

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Irritability, anger

  • Upset stomach

  • Sleep problems

In more serious conditions, chronic stress (when the feeling of stress lasts for a long time, where the body is alert when there is no danger) can induce these side effects:

  • Heart problems

  • High blood pressure

  • Obesity

  • Diarrhea, constipation

  • depression/anxiety

  • diabetes

Think You Are Suffering From Stress?

Stress is not measurable with tests. Only the person experiencing it can determine whether it's present and how severe it feels. A healthcare provider may use questionnaires to understand your stress and how it affects your life.


There is no cure for stress as it is a part of the natural body and mind, however there are strategies and things you can do to keep it under control, such as:

  • Relaxation activities, meditation, yoga, breathing exercises and muscle relaxation.

  • Eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep help your body handle stress

  • Stay positive and practice gratitude, acknowledging the good parts of your day or life.

  • Accept that you can’t control everything. Find ways to let go of worry about situations you cannot change.

  • Stay connected with people who keep you calm, make you happy, provide emotional support and help you with practical things.

Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar is a family medicine practice focused on providing high-quality care to patients of all ages! We specialize in family practice, pediatrician and geriatrics, Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar team works closely with each patient to develop personalized care plans aimed at promoting health and wellness.

We accept most health insurance, and also those without health insurance.

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