Our bodies are well equipped to handle stress in small doses, but when that stress becomes long-term or chronic, it can have serious effects on the body. In this short article from this month’s newsletter of Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), stress can be dealt with in three effective ways. 

Studies have revealed that some people are more prone to certain diseases, and chronic stress can give these conditions the green light. Stress has been linked to illnesses that include cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered that children exposed to chronic stress are more likely to develop a mental illness if they are genetically predisposed. But as they say, stress management is all about taking charge of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.

Effective stress management helps you break the hold stress has on your life, so you can be happier, healthier and more productive. The ultimate goal is to maintain a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun — and the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.

Three effective ways to deal with stress:

1. Maintaining a healthy social support network.
2. Engaging in regular physical exercise.
3. Getting an adequate amount of sleep every night.

These approaches have important benefits for physical and mental health and form critical building blocks for a healthy lifestyle.

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