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Physician Offers Stress Management Insight for National Stress Awareness Month



AIS Claims, “Three out of four doctor’s visits are for stress-related ailments.”

Presence Medical Group Internal Medicine Physician Offers Stress Management Insight for National Stress Awareness Month

Sara Haque, MD, says, “Long term stress can lead to depression, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attack, or even broken heart syndrome.”

April 10, 2018 (Evanston, IL)—Stress: It’s an inescapable force that affects us all. Through a study on attitudes in the American workplace, the American Institute of Stress (AIS) found that 80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. The good news according to internal medicine physician Sara Haque, who serves on staff at Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, is that “with time we learn how to develop coping abilities.”

Hans Selye, who began his research on stress in 1936, defined stress as the body’s nonspecific response to any demand. While stress can be a motivating force, urging us outside our comfort zones to accomplish great things, it is commonly a negative force with serious side effects. Dr. Haque says, “Stress affects the body as a whole. It can lead to anxiety, a lack of focus (and potentially accidents), depression, anger or irritability.” Adding, “It can also lead to bad eating habits and eventually to obesity.”

Stress comes in many forms ranging from acute (short-term) stress to chronic (long-term) stress. Too much of either kind can be exhausting if one’s symptoms are left unaddressed. “Common physical symptoms include: low energy, headaches, loss of sleep, upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain, and rapid heartbeat,” notes Dr. Haque.

Dr. Haque provides the following suggestions to help manage the symptoms of either short or long-term stress:

  • Take a step back from the situation and try identifying the source of stress. You can cope by either removing the source of stress or modifying your behavior.
  • Engage in a few deep breaths and focus on what you have to be grateful for.
  • Practice daily meditation and regular exercise, as they both do wonders to decrease stress levels.
  • Make time for yourself every day to do something you truly enjoy: go to the gym, take a walk, read a book or watch your favorite show.

It is comforting to know that whatever you may be going through now is only temporary, and “with age, we mature and are able to handle stress much better,” says Dr. Haque. “We have seen and experienced difficult times and have experienced that with hardship comes hope.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Haque at her Lincolnwood office, please call 847.568.7400. To book an appointment online or read more about Presence Health physicians, please visit


CONTACT: Megan McCareins, Presence Medical Group, Regional Marketing/Communications Coordinator


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Presence Health is one of the largest Catholic health systems in Illinois, providing compassionate care to over 4 million people. With over 150 sites of care including 10 hospitals, over 15,000 associates, and more than 4,000 medical professionals, Presence Health has annual revenue of $2.6 billion.



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