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Stress is obviously a part of life. Moreso now than it ever has been in the past. And we all have learned ways to manage it when it rears its ugly head. But just managing the symptoms of stress is not a long-term goal. It’s more sustainable to lessen how much of it gets into our lives in the first place.

It’s great to have tools in your tool bag for when stress does surface. Because it’s inevitable this day and age that it will. But there are changes we can make to our lifestyles that can drastically lessen the amount of stress we feel daily.

Chronic stress can lead to major health issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you feel constantly unsafe, your body will stay in fight-or-flight mode. That means your cortisol and adrenaline levels stay elevated, and your heartrate and blood pressure don’t regulate themselves. Long-term exposure to that can seriously mess up your body’s processes.

The effect can lead to many health issues, including anxiety and depression. Even weight gain, headaches and sleep problems are linked to chronic stress. Digestive problems and muscle pain are also effects of long-term stress. Not to mention more serious issues like heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke.

Have you ever been in a bad relationship and thought there was something wrong with YOU that required serious remedies like medication or therapy? Only to have that relationship end and suddenly be “cured”? Happens all the time. I’m not advocating for no therapy or to just did your meds. Just saying you should take a look at your life. Maybe there are things that need to change.

It’s vital to find ways to allow less stress into our lives. Here’s a list of ways to do just that. 🙂

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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