Take Charge of Stress

Tax Day is just around the corner, outdoor sports (and the inevitable chore of driving the kids around town) are starting and spring is in full swing! There never seems to be a shortage of stress-inducing deadlines, activities and obligations to keep us busy. What exactly does this stress do to our bodies and how can we get a grip on it? Continue reading “Take Charge of Stress”

10 Ways to Stress Less

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A simple one-syllable word can do a lot of damage to your body and your mood. Stress.

Stress seems to be epidemic today. Many factors can feed it: world events, financial worries, job insecurity, family illnesses, work overload, children, traffic or just simply life’s daily issues.

These stressors can worsen high blood pressure and cholesterol levels; increase back pain, headaches and stomachaches; aggravate allergies; suppress the immune system; cause sleep problems and fatigue; impair mental judgment and memory; and make you cranky, nervous, sad and depressed. Long-term, stress can age your body and leave you more vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Continue reading “10 Ways to Stress Less”

Stress-Proof Your Holidays

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In the midst of the holiday hoopla, are you “laughing all the way” or stressing every day? While this season is known for peace and joy, sometimes it can be overwhelming and stressful even to the most seasoned Santa.

What Stress Does to Your Body
Stress affects you physically, mentally and emotionally. It can trigger insomnia, headaches, irritability, anxiety and depression. Heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke are also linked to stress. It also can cause weight gain. Continue reading “Stress-Proof Your Holidays”