Learn how to safely and naturally manage stress in your life.

Believe it or not, stress isn’t always a bad thing. It's the body’s way of helping us focus on situations we need to be alert for. However, too much stress and stress that occurs too often can take its toll on your health. Learn how to manage the bad in your life and how to embrace the good.

Love your good stress
When your days are busy and you’re multitasking, a little stress is a good thing. Allow yourself to feel nervous or agitated or a little tense when you’re facing tasks that would make anyone feel that way. Stress keeps you sharp as long as it isn’t holding you back, making you feel unwell or discouraging you from doing the things you want to do.

Don’t use substances to cope
When it comes to de-stressing, avoid using substances to cope. Drugs, alcohol and even food are not healthy ways to manage your issues. If you find that you’re consuming something to feel better, work on redirecting and finding a healthier solution such as light exercise or talking to a friend.

Eat well and exercise
Eating too much, no eating enough and not eating well can increase your stress. According to Medline Plus, this physical stress on your body decreases the ability to deal with emotional stress, because not getting the right nutrition may affect the way the brain processes information. Exercise regularly and focus on getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night.

Recognize when stress is too much
Strong emotions like fear, sadness, or other symptoms of depression are normal, as long as they are temporary and don’t interfere with daily activities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you're overwhelmed, if your stress is making you feel ill or it’s causing you to avoid things you’d normally do, talk to your doctor. You may need a little professional guidance to get back on track.

Considering getting help for stress? Learn more about anxiety disorders from our online health library. To find a doctor to speak with, please call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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