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Stress is any change that you must adapt to. It can be brought on by emotions, thoughts, relationships, or outside events. It is important to remember that not all stress is bad. It is how you react to stress that is important.


What Stress Does To The Body:

- Heart rate increases                    - Breathing rate increases

- Blood pressure increases               - Increases the work of the heart


What you may feel:

- Tired                        - Angry                     - Chest pain or angina

- Tight Muscles          - Anxious


What some people do under stress:

- Eat to calm down            - Drink alcohol to calm down

- Smoke to calm down        - Hurry all the time


Ways to cope with stress:

1.) Relax: Try relaxation methods such as:

- Guided imagery

- Muscle relaxation

- Listen to audiotapes

2.) Stress Stoppers:

- Count to 10 before you speak

- Take deep breaths

- Sit in a quiet place

- Think positive thoughts

3.) Exercise:

- Aerobic Exercise

- Yoga

4.) Quit Smoking, Drink Less Caffeine & Less Alcohol

5.) Manage Time Effectively (i.e. Make a "to do" list)
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