Stress is something almost every single person faces on a daily basis. According to the American Psychological Association1 , the top causes of stress in the United States are: job pressure (co-worker tension, bosses, work overload), money (loss of job, reduced retirement, medical expenses), health (health crisis, terminal or chronic illness), relationships (divorce, death of spouse, arguments with friends, loneliness), poor nutrition (inadequate nutrition, caffeine, processed foods, refined sugars), media overload (television, radio, internet, E-mail, social networking), and sleep deprivation (inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones). Even though there is good stress and bad stress, both can greatly affect your body and the way it functions.
There are many different therapeutic approaches to help manage stress. A few common and effective treatments to manage stress include exercising, cognitive behavioral therapy, and utilizing relaxation techniques.
- American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress, NY
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