For many people, the holidays are a stressful time of year. Unexpected guests dropping by, entertaining relatives, and finding the perfect gift on everyone’s list are all daunting tasks. To add even more to the holiday pressure, we must still deal with our day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. Talk about unwanted stress!
Stress is the body’s normal form of defense. When faced with danger or discomfort, your body reacts in a ‘fight or flight’ mode as a form of protection. If your body is subjected to constant, repetitive and stressful situations, without time to restore itself, your health could suffer.
In a recent study, WebMd.com found:
- 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress
- 75% to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are stress-related ailments and complaints
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declares stress a hazard of the workplace
- Stress costs the American industry more than $ 300 billion annually
In order to avoid the potentially harmful effects stress can place on your body, there are some simple steps that you can take to help manage your stress levels.
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