Your relaxation response
The good news is, you also have a relaxation response, a powerful, built-in healing mechanism that offsets the stress response:
- Your heart rate and breathing slow down.
- Your blood pressure decreases.
- Your body metabolism slows.
- Your muscles relax.
Relieve stress and feel better
There are lots of ways you can manage your natural reaction to stress:
When to get help
If your stress seems overwhelming and starts to affect your ability to live your life normally, you may need help from a professional.
Contact your doctor if you are feeling anxious, depressed, or have overwhelming emotions for 2 or more weeks.
If someone is threatening or hurting you, tell your doctor. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (toll free) if you need immediate help.