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Physical Effects of Stress
Physical effects of stress vary from person to person.  Recognizing how it effects your body, mind, feelings, thoughts can be very beneficial.  If you are familiar with physical signs of stress in yourself, you can employ helpful coping skills early and hopefully lessen the effect of the stress.

Stress can effect multiples areas of the body and mind, especially if unaddressed over time...
  1. Mood. Stress can cause mood swings, depression, irritability, sadness, anxiety, panic, or make you quicker to anger. 
  2. Ability.  Stress can make it more difficult to concentrate and focus, make us more forgetful, it can lead to headaches and holding tension in our different muscle groups, we may not realize how it is effecting our productivity.  For example, some people don't realize that they spend a large portion of the day with a tense jaw, furrowed brow, or raised shoulders.  That tension doesn't just go away on its own and can contribute to jaw, neck and head pain.
  3. Cardiovascular. If unaddressed, it can lead to increased heart rate, blood pressure issues, raised cholesterol and eventually heart attacks.  
  4. Gastrointestinal. In addition to classic GI issues like stomach cramps, nausea, acid reflux, pain and discomfort, it can contribute to development of more serious issues like IBS.
  5. Generally.  Everyone will experience different side effects of stress but even small daily issues like some muscle aches and pains, or skin issues like acne.  But there is evidence linking stress to longer term issues like diabetes and issues with the reproductive system.
  6. Recognition. If you can recognize how your body is presenting stress, then you can plan a response that is most helpful to you.  If you hold extra tension each day, you should consider muscle relaxation, meditation and mindfulness practices to help you release that tension after a long day.  If you recognize some of the cardio or GI issues, consider reviewing your physical activity plan and thinking about how much sugar you are intaking, often when stressed we skip exercise or reach for unhealthy snacks.  If there are certain tasks or situations where you feel overwhelmed, visualize how you will handle that next situation a little differently, maybe stress management and positive self talk in advance would make that easier.
  7. Now what? Make movement by developing realistic goals that will fit into your life. Focusing on unachievable goals only adds to the stress.  Ask, “What is one thing I know I can accomplish today (this week) that helps me move in the direction I want to go?” Don't be afraid to try something new or different if your first attempt doesn't work as well as you want.  You will find what works for you.

If you feel it would be helpful, talk to your family, a counselor, a friend, or even your doctor about how stress is effecting you and what some of your options for improving things are.  Find support for yourself in this effort.

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Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America. Over 15 million consumers were victims of identity theft or fraud in 2017. The average fraud amount per victim was $1,038. In this webinar, you will learn what identity theft is and how to prevent it. What you should watch out for in your email? What about suspicious text messages? Learn the red flags. And know what to do if it happens to you. 
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In today's workplace, employers have a large pool of talent to select from when hiring. But this variety brings unique challenges of its own when it comes to creating an equal opportunity workplace. This includes hiring people from all walks of life: different races, religions, languages, lifestyles, and many other unique characteristics. For your organization to succeed, everyone needs to be on the same page and working towards the same goal. This training is designed to assist in creating cultural awareness and inclusion for all employees.
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