Ways to Recognize and Manage Stress

February 26th, 2021

As much as we’d like to avoid it, there’s no running away from stress. It’s everywhere, and it affects everyone. Of course, there are different levels of stress – the kind of stress that is manageable or the kind that is more severe and can negatively impact your health and wellness.

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to manage stress. But first, you must be able to recognize the symptoms. Here we offer ways to not only manage your stress and live better:


Signs of Stress

Stress is dangerous because it can manifest in many ways, thus causing our mental and physical health to deteriorate from chronic stress patterns. It’s also dangerous because you may fail to notice how stressed out you are until it’s too late!

If you experience any of the following symptoms, there’s a good chance that stress is affecting your daily life, and if you’re not careful, could lead to health issues.


Mental & Emotional Symptoms of Stress

  • An inability to focus
  • Anxiety or depression
  • A constant feeling of being rushed
  • Losing patience with family, friends, and coworkers
  • Difficulty letting go of frustration and feelings of anger
  • A loss of interest in doing activities
  • Feeling scatterbrained


Physical Symptoms of Stress

  • Chronic headaches
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Extreme weight loss or weight gain

Stressed out? We get it and we can help! At Driven Fit + SWS, we offer a program that focuses on total body wellness, rejuvenation, and restoration through massage therapy, personal training, and chiropractic care. To get started, call/ text (813) 440-3016.


Ways to Manage Stress

Once you have recognized that stress is affecting your daily life, now it’s time to manage it. Here are a few ways how…


Focus on nutrition.

By making simple changes in what you eat and drink, you can help to reduce your stress levels. Swap your coffee for lower-caffeinated herbal tea, reduce your intake of refined sugars, lower your alcohol consumption, and eat more fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins.


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From improving your quality of sleep to boosting your mood, not to mention the obvious health benefits, exercise truly does a body (and mind) good!

While we love a good workout at Driven Fit, we also believe that any form of exercise is beneficial! Even if you just go on a walk! No matter what, just try to incorporate some type of physical activity into your daily routine.


Practice relaxation.

Easier said than done, right? Fortunately, many therapies promote relaxation, such as meditation, massage, and acupuncture.

At Driven Fit + SWS, we’re not just about sports massage! We offer several types of massage therapy as well as acupuncture – all of which can help reduce to your stress levels! 


Get more sleep.

Sleep is so often underrated because when you enough sleep, it can be life-changing! Not only will it help you feel more energized and ready to tackle the day, but it will also boost your mood, and help you feel better physically.


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Talk to someone.

In some cases, it may be best to talk to someone. Whether you meet a friend for coffee or seek out a trained therapist, talking about what is causing your stress can be extremely helpful in managing it.


Reduce Your Stress & Live Your Best Life

While we can’t make your stress go away completely, we can certainly help you manage it with total body restoration and rejuvenation. Call/ text our South Tampa fitness and wellness studio at (813) 440-3016.


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