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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6416
FAX: (213) 639-1034

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What is Stress?

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What is stress?

Feeling stressed out? You’re not alone. Life can feel overwhelming. Believe it or not, a little stress is actually good for us. But long-term stress can affect your health and how you feel about yourself.

Here are some signs of stress:

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Having a hard time making decisions

  • Not feeling like doing the things you normally enjoy

  • Feeling irritable or easily annoyed

  • Eating more or less than usual

  • Feeling scared or anxious about the future

  • Feeling like you cannot get out of bed

  • Crying more than usual

  • Trouble sleeping, headaches or stomach problems

If you are experiencing these symptoms, get help from your healthcare provider.

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Feeling overwhelmed? Here are some tips to help you feel less stressed:

  • Talk to your health care provider. Your provider can help you manage your symptoms. They will help you create a treatment plan that could include medication to make you feel better. Knowing the signs and symptoms of stress can help you better manage stressful situations.

  • Talk about it. Talk to a friend, family member, or someone you trust about what is stressing you out.

  • Eat healthy. When we’re stressed many of us tend to eat our feelings. Try packing healthy snacks to munch on during the day.

  • Sleep. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep can relieve your stress and help you focus.

  • Stay active. Sweat your stress out! Take a 10-minute walking break. It can help you feel better, plus, it will keep you looking good. Check out this walking app to get you moving:

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol are not healthy ways to cope with stress. It can create more problems and increase stress in the long run. If you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, here are some helpful resources:

  • Practice Yoga. You don’t need any new equipment to do yoga. Put on some comfy clothes and make a small space on the floor to stretch.

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  1. National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). Fact Sheet on Stress. Retrieved from:

  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Coping with Stress. Retrieved from:

  3. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2016). Meditation: In Depth. Retrieved from:



FAMILIA en español

Family Planning
Planning Your FAMILIA Contraception Options

Active Living      
Tips for an Active Life
Stretching and Soreness

Maintain a Healthy Weight     
What is a Healthy Weight and
Why Should You Achieve It?

Healthy Ways to Lose Weight
Achieve a Healthy Weight by Managing Stress and Sleeping More

Improve Nutrition
Recommendations for Eating Healthy      
Healthy Eating Out      
Healthy Beverages

Less Stress       
What is Stress?      
What is Depression?     
What is Anxiety?

Prevent STIs
Prevent sexually transmitted infections

Address Abuse   
Healthy Relationships      
Abusive Relationships

Questions? Contact us:  (213) 639-6416 
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