Genes and things that happen to you early in life, even when in the womb, can affect how you handle stressful situations. Overeating, smoking, drinking, and not exercising, which are often reactions to being under stress, can add to the negative health effects of stress.
You can take practical steps to cut back on stress. Regular, moderate exercise improves thought process and mood. Other strategies include relaxing, getting a good night’s sleep, and seeking emotional support from family and friends. You can also reduce the long-term effects of chronic stress by eating a healthy, low-fat diet and avoiding smoking and drinking too much alcohol. However, if your symptoms continue or get worse, you should see your doctor.
Studies show that meditation can help control cortisol levels that stimulate the brain reducing stress and anxiety. Focusing on one experience happening in the present moment or "mindfulness" can help you relax improve creativity and cardiovascular health.
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