Managing Stress

Man supporting head in hands over a laptopStress is a natural reaction or change in your body in response to situations that feel overwhelming. Stress can cause physical, emotional, or mental strain. Everyone experiences stress from time to time, and some types of stress can even be good for you. But too much stress can make your immune system weak and overwhelm your body, allowing you to get sick more easily. Stress can present as fear, worry, feeling unable to relax, increased heart rate, or difficulty breathing. Stress can also disturb sleeping and eating patterns and can worsen pre-existing health conditions. Learning how to manage stress can help your body fight off disease and maintain balance so you can live a healthier life.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy. For tips on selecting additional apps for exercise and physical activity, please review How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

This app helps you relieve stress through breathing exercises. Free. iOS, Android.

This app helps you develop a meditation practice using a ten day program. The app also lets you track your meditation and connect with friends.  Free. iOS, Android.

 

Resources selected by Hannah Burrows, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed December 6, 2022

Last updated December 6, 2022 at 6:20 pm