Stress can have a major impact on your physical health as well as your mental health. In addition to anxiety, stress can cause heart problems, stomach problems, and leads to a host of other issues such as social withdrawal and sleep deprivation. How to cope? I am still figuring that out, but one start is to enjoy some sunshine. It is perfectly acceptable to take some time for yourself and literally do nothing. However, if you find that stress is over taking your life, the absolute best thing to do is to ask for help, from a friend, family member or professional.