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First Med Urgent Care Reveals 9 Ways Stress Can Impact Your Life: Part 1

First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress

It’s no secret that stress can cause people to act outside the norm. In part one of this series, our urgent care article provides 3 out of 9 ways that stress can impact a person.

1. Emotions can be difficult to control under stress.

New research shows how even a little stress can be destructive and cause people to slip. In fact, a 2013 study by neuroscientists found that even mild levels of stress can impair our ability to control our emotions.

In the study, stress control techniques were taught to the subjects. Afterwards, the subjects were put under mild stress — by having their hands dunked in icy water — they could not easily calm themselves down when shown pictures of snakes or spiders.

“Our results suggest that even mild stress, such as that encountered in daily life, may impair the ability to use cognitive techniques known to control fear and anxiety,” lead author Candace Raio, Ph.D., said in a press release.

2. Stress can promote disease.

Illnesses that have been linked to stress are cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver. Some of the population are more prone to diseases, and steady supply of stress can give these conditions the green light.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that children subject to chronic stress are prone to developing a mental illness if they are genetically predisposed.

3. Stress can affect your love life. 

Your love life can be an effective and pleasurable way to relieve stress, but stress can also throw a wrench in the works faster than you think.

According to a 1984 study, it was found that stress can impact a man’s body weight, testosterone levels, and sexual desire. Numerous studies have shown that stress — especially performance anxiety — can lead to impotence.

High levels of stress in pregnant women also may trigger changes in their children as they grow, specifically behavioral and developmental issues.

While visiting an urgent care may not take care of stress related problems in your life our urgent care staff feel it is important to share this information as it may keep you from becoming unnecessarily ill. If you’d like to know more about the negative impacts of stress, feel free to come back in a few weeks to read the second part of our urgent care blog series on this topic!

Stress-Free Studying

3 Stress-Free Studying Tips From First Med Urgent Care

Stay Focused While Studying & Have Less Stress

Have you ever sat down to study at home, but then you found yourself getting distracted by the littlest noise or the dirty surroundings that simply must be cleaned before you can continue? The struggle for students trying to study is all too real! Then, students that can’t study get all stressed out. Stress causes illness and no one wants that, right? What if we told you that based on our urgent care team’s research we’ve concluded that the following guidelines to stay focused will actually allow you to have an easier time and cause you less stress.

Let’s examine these tips a little closer.

1.) Set Study Goals: If you sit down to study and your brain feels scrambled then it’s time to set a focus. Set some serious goals for yourself. Maybe for you that mean making an outline of your study plans or a checkbox list and crossing items off as you go. Not only will checking tasks off of your list make you feel accomplished, but it will help you stay organized!

2.) Schedule Out Your Week: Chances are, you’re taking more than one class so you’re going to need more than one day of planning. Take time to schedule out your entire week, including putting in times for breaks, snacks, meals, and a set bedtime. Establishing a routine is key to staying on top of your studies.

3.) Don’t Shirk Responsibility: Yes, you might want to be out with friends on a weeknight, but you’re in school for a reason. This is especially true if you’re at a University where you’ve paid good money to be there. Don’t give up all social life activities, but certainly do learn to say no to your friends when you have a lot on your “plate”.

Keeping a well thought out plan can actually help you with more than just staying focused on studying. In the long run, you could begin to see that’s it’s easy to block out “x” amount of time for sports, movies, and other recreational outings. Staying focused eases the mind, provides you opportunities to keep your grades up, and still leaves you just enough time to enjoy being a student.

Another part to being stress free is remaining healthy in other aspects of your life. Should you ever feel like illness is taking over and forcing you to become unfocused, First Med Urgent Care has staff available to help you with what ails you. Our urgent care offices are open 7 days a week from 8:00am to 7:30pm.