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Not All Stress is Bad Stress

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This month I though I would share one of my favorite info-graphics about stress. Situational (work, family, financial), environmental (allergens, pollutants), and other stresses can adverse affect your body's natural defense systems. When you don't feel well, it can adversely affect your daily work, sleep, and exercise habits, as well as your interactions with people. Stress is a normal part of life, and coping with stress is a skill which can be acquired with practice. Proper food, proper sleep hygiene, proper relaxation techniques (such as breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation), and learning life skills (such as conflict management) can all help you to realistically manage stress. Consider taking some time today to assess which areas of your life contain good stress and which areas contain bad stress. Can you plan some action steps to shift your balance toward positive stress?

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