According to the American Medical Association, stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. Here are four things you can do to help manage your stress level and reduce the negative health effects it can cause.
- Eat right
Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet will give your body the energy it needs to combat stress.
Lack of sleep makes a stressful situation worse. Make sure you get plenty of quality shut-eye every night.
- Connect with friends
Friends and family are a vital support system, especially during stressful times. Reach out to them for advice, perspective or a sympathetic ear.
Stay active and take your mind off your own problems by helping others. Volunteer in your community, lend a hand at your child’s school, or help a neighbor.
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