By: Estephani Diaz 

At some point in time, we have all dealt with stress. Whether it’s from finances, school, or a major life change, such as moving, we all go through it. It is the way our body responses to any demand or threat, leading to the terms, “fight or flight.” Since everyone reacts to stress differently, there are various coping strategies for handling stress.

Some stress relievers would be:

  • Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Mediation
  • Healthy diet
  • Get 8 hours of sleep
  • Taking time to oneself
  • Taking a personal day off from work or school
  • Laugh
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Listen to music

If stress is not managed, it could also lead to serious short term and long term health problems such as:

Short Term Effects:                                                           Long Term Effects:

  • Headache                                                                        – Depression
  • Muscle Ache                                                                   – Anxiety
  • Rapid Breathing                                                            –  Insomnia
  • Chest Pain                                                                       – Heart Problems
  • Rapid Heartbeat                                                            – Weight Gain
  • Sleep Problems                                                              – Memory Impairment

If you or someone you know is dealing with stress, please contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, please visit

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