Recognizing the signs of long-term stress

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Long-term stress doesn’t just affect your mental health. It can also accelerate aging and cause other physical issues.

Unchecked stress can also lead to anxiety and depression, and cause people to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms like drugs and alcohol, explained Susan Albers, PsyD with Cleveland Clinic.

If stress starts to prevent you from doing everyday tasks, reach out for help. 

“It’s important to consult a therapist or your primary care physician if you are experiencing high levels of stress, and that stress is impacting your day-to-day routine,” said Albers. “If you are having trouble getting to work or you have changes in your sleep patterns or your appetite – these are some indications that your stress level may be out of control.”

It is also recommended people try practicing meditation, which can be as simple as taking some deep breaths.