Are you eating too much, too little, not the right things? Are you drinking too much, using drugs or alcohol to help cope with your stress?
Stress can cause people to eat too much or too little, or eat foods that are unhealthy and non-nutritious. Balanced and healthy nutrition is vital for physical and mental wellness. Maintaining a balance of fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy in your diet will help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.
Stress can also cause people to drink too much alcohol or to use drugs. Using alcohol or drugs to remove stress may only work for a short time and the likely negative consequences over time.
Finding positive ways to cope with stress can prevent the short- and long-term consequences of excessive drinking and drug use. The How’s Your 5? mental wellness campaign offers advice on how to cope with stress, and how to talk with others about stress and worry.