Stress Less Challenges

Stress Less Challenges

Stress Less Challenges are available at Meltdown There is no charge to participate in our stress less challenges.

What is stress?

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make You feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. We generally use the word “stress” when we feel that everything seems to have become too much – we are overloaded and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures placed upon us. Anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being is a stress. Some stresses get You going and they are good for You.

 Why join Stress Less Challenge?

With Stress Less Challenge on Meltdown Challenge You will learn how to Manage Stress, How to Relax in stress-full situations, and Develop Your Own Quick Stress Relief techniques.

What happens when we are under Stress?

  • Blood pressure rises
  • Breathing becomes more rapid
  • Digestive system slows down
  • Heart rate rises
  • Immune system goes down
  • Muscles become tense
  • We do not sleep

      Stress Caused Health Problems

  • Pain of any kind
  • Anxiety
  • Heart disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • Weight Gain
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema



Stress Signs and Symptoms
Cognitive Symptoms Emotional Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Some of the Stress Effects can be:

Stress Effects
Body Effects Feelings Effects Behavior Effects
  • A tendency to sweat
  • Back Pain
  • Chest Pain
  • Obesity
  • Cramps
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Loss of Libido
  • Lower Immunity
  • Muscular aches
  • Nail biting
  • Nervous twiches
  • Sleeping problems
  • Upset stomach
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Feeling insecure
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Concentrating problems
  • Restlessness
  • Sadness
  • Fatigue
  • Eating too much
  • Eating too little
  • Food cravings
  • Sudden anger outbursts
  • Substance abuse
  • Social withdrawal
  • Frequent crying

Reducing Stress Levels

Reducing your stress levels can not only make you feel better immediately, but may also protect your health in long-terms. Stress reducing strategies include:

  • Identifying stress causers - Monitor your state of mind. If you feel stressed, write down the cause, your thoughts and your mood. Once you know what’s bothering you, develop a plan for addressing it.
  • Build better relationships - Relationships can be a source of stress. And relationships can also serve as stress reliefs. Reach out to close ones and let them know you’re having a rough time.
  • When you’re angry just walk away - Before you react, take time to rethink things out. Reconsider helps a lot. Walking or other physical activities can also help you work off steam.
  • Rest your mind - Stress keeps almost half of adults lying awake at night. To help ensure you get the recommended seven or eight hours of sleep, cut back on caffeine, remove distractions such as television or computers from your bedroom and go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Get help - If you continue to feel overwhelmed, consult with a psychologist or other licensed mental health professional who can help you manage stress.

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