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First, it is good to know that stress is not all bad -- it can help prepare us to respond quickly in threatening situations. And stress often arises from positive events, like getting married. Too much stress, however, can trigger uncomfortable physical symptoms -- such as headaches, diarrhea and loss of sex drive -- and may even lead to the development of skin conditions, high blood pressure and heart disease. Stress lowers our immunity to many infections as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 90 percent of all visits to a doctor's office are related to stress.
Here are a couple of tips to help you reduce stress in your life:
- Write down the things that are stressing you out. Sometimes getting them down on paper can help.
- Cut down on caffeinated drinks.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep.
- Write a schedule and use lists to prevent becoming overwhelmed.
- Prioritize the things you need to do.
- Delegate jobs that do not absolutely have to be done by you.
- Make sure you have time to relax every day. Try out different relaxation techniques (for example, meditation and guided imagery) until you find one that works for you.
Finally, whenever stress hits you in life, it may be helpful to make an honest examination of whatever it is that is stressing you out. Get somewhere quiet, breathe deeply and study the situation. Is it possible that you are overreacting? Are you placing more pressure on yourself than the situation actually warrants? We can often get so caught up in our own worlds that problems can be magnified beyond reason, and taking a step back to make sure the concern is warranted can sometimes ease the tension you're feeling.
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