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Stress Less

Updated on November 30, 2007

Some tips and techniques

Pressure at work, caring for the elderly, caring for family, planning for retirement---stress in our daily lives is everywhere. It takes a toll on our health.

What is Stress?

Stress is the body's response to a demanding or dangerous situation. You'll notice your heart beats faster, palms sweat and breathing quickens. Other common signs are headaches, muscle tension, and changes in your behavior, such as irritability, tiredness, and lack of concentration.

Chronic stress can cause high blood pressure, coronary heart disease,depression intestinal problems and insomnia.

How can you manage your stress ?

Simple lifestyle changes can help you cope with stress . However, if your stress level becomes overwhelming, be sure to talk to your doctor.

* Start each day with 15 minutes of quiet time to yourself--breath deeply and relax.

* Just say NO . From social invitations to extra hours at work, it's okay to know your limits

* Manage your time by making-to-do lists for top priority tasks or purchasing a daily organizer.

* Get moving with aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping, such as walking, biking, gardening,or even household chores.

* Unwind with meditation, stretching, journaling, or listening to music.

* Treat your body right---don't smoke or lean on unhealthy amounts of alcohol or food for comfort.

* Try to think positive--some things are out of your control, so don't sweat it.

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