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Eustress is a healthy form of stress increasing mental focus and productivity. On the other hand, prolonged stress can result in distress or burnout. Being faced with numerous responsibilities beyond one’s capability is one of the many factors leading to continuous stress.

The body reacts to stressors through an automatic response known as fight-or-flight reaction. The fight-or-flight response is a protective mechanism to stress or anticipated danger. If stress becomes chronic or prolonged it can cause health risks.  According to the Mayo Clinic long-term stress exposes the body to extended release of cortisol and other stress hormones, contributing to anxiety, depression, sleep problems, digestive disturbances, weight gain, heart disease and others. The good new is there are ways to decrease stress and promote healthy living!

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Stress is a prevalent concern creeping into our daily lives. During stressful situations the body enters a state known as fight-or-flight causing changes in heart rate, breathing, and influencing multiple body systems. If unaddressed this automatic response may compromise health and wellbeing. WebMD comments, “When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy.” If not managed properly stress can result in illness, sleep disturbances, stomach indigestion, headaches, depression, and other health concerns. Taking a proactive approach in stress reduction is key for a healthy lifestyle.

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Looking to nourish your body with foods that decrease stress and anxiety? You have arrived to your destination. This article outlines stress-reducing foods that enhance mood and promote relaxation. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with work deadlines, appointments, events, traffic, kids, pets, and yes even your next-door neighbor  Take a moment to enjoy some stress-reducing treats!

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Are you feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities and tasks in your life? Perhaps you may be experiencing major challenges financially, physically, mentally, or emotionally. New changes can lead to anxiety and depression, if coping skills are not implemented during stressful times. Every situation is unique, and it’s best to consult with counselors, psychologists, life-coaches, and healthcare professionals who provide guidance and directions to meet your individual needs. Unexpected situations are inevitable, yet we can handle circumstances in ways that promote stress reduction. The key is to embrace wellness and wellbeing. Keeping an optimistic mindset, empowers individuals to take-on challenges that normally would have appeared as "stressors". We can be caught in the “storm” or better yet, we can decide to watch it from afar. Welcoming strategies for stress reduction, are lifelong tools that can be used in challenging times. 

Read These 10 Stress-Reducing Tips!

1. Establish Healthy Habits & Rituals: Start introducing activities that bring about a sense of relaxation, and focus. Some examples include taking a warm shower, drinking a cup of tea, lighting candles, applying delightful fragrances, and introducing aromatherapy. Plan ahead and schedule a monthly massage, manicure, or pedicure. You may choose to take a daily walk in the park, smell the ocean breeze, or enjoy the sounds of nature in your surroundings. You decide how often to do these activities, and the times that are most beneficial. There is no limitation in creating healthy habits for stress reduction and wellness.

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