April 2003

Don't stress out! | Essentials

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Don't stress out!

by Christina Koch
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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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