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Managing Stress

The effects of emotional stress on the body

Many people face difficult challenges and responsibilities that may overlap or conflict. These cause stress that can affect their health. Stress can come from troubles at home, in relationships, and in the workplace. Family well-being includes all of these:

  • Having stable relationships

  • Having a key role in the home

  • Child-rearing values and methods

  • Each family member's mental and physical health and development

Researchers are trying to figure out which workplace conditions affect employees' conflicts between work and family roles. Researchers also are studying the effects of job stress on spouses and on marriage. And they are looking at how parents' working conditions may affect their parenting and their children.

Emotional stress can lead to these problems:

  • High blood pressure

  • More likely to become ill or to abuse drugs or alcohol

  • Less able to fight disease

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

Tips to reduce or manage the stress in your life

  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. A healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise can keep your body fit and able to fight disease. Exercise also is an excellent way to lift up your mood.

  • Talk about your stressful situations with someone you trust. Sometimes just talking about your problems and concerns can help you put them into perspective. It can also give you insights into ways to deal with them.

  • Stay organized to help manage your time more efficiently.

  • Remember, no one can do it all alone. Ask for help.

  • Use relaxation methods to calm your mind and body.

  • Get professional help if you need it.

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