Stress is a constant part of life. According to a 1996
Prevention magazine survey, 75 percent of respondents
believed they had "great stress" at least one day per week, and
most of their stress was job-related.
Our bodies' automatic responses to stress, including increased
heart rate and blood sugar, blood clotting and blood diversion to
muscles, originally were meant to be life-saving measures to help
primitive man overcome physical challenges. However, in our current
society, these responses can be damaging because we often must cope
with psychological challenges from which there is no release for
our bodies' physical reactions.
To help you release stress, there are several physical and
mental exercises you can do at your desk that won't take much time
out of your day. Most important, you easily can adapt stress
relievers into your lifestyle, which will make you healthier,
happier and more productive.
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