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Managing Stress

The effects of emotional stress on the body

Many women face difficult challenges and responsibilities that may overlap or conflict. These cause stress that can affect their health. Stress can come from troubles at home, in relationships, and in the workplace. Family well-being includes stable relationships and the ability to fulfill essential roles in the home. This also includes child-rearing values and practices, and the mental and physical health and development of every family member. Researchers are trying to figure out which workplace conditions influence employees' experiences of conflict between work and family roles. Researchers also are studying the effects of job stress on spouses and on marriage. And how parents' working conditions may affect their parenting and their children.

Emotional stress can lead to the following:

  • High blood pressure

  • More likely to become ill or to abuse drugs or alcohol

  • Less able to fight disease

  • Depression

Stressed Out? 5 Tips for Women to Stay Heart Healthy

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Did you know that stress can take a toll on your physical health? Stress-related hormones like adrenaline raise blood pressure and increase your heart rate, putting you at risk. You may not be able to get rid of all the stress in your life, but you can take steps to reduce it.

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Tips to reduce or manage the stress in your life

  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. A nutritious, well-balanced diet and exercise can keep your body fit and able to fight disease. Exercise also is an excellent way to lift up your mood.

  • Talk about your stressful situations with someone you trust. Sometimes just talking about your problems and concerns can help you put them into perspective. It can also give you insights into ways to deal with them.

  • Stay organized to help manage your time more efficiently.

  • Remember, no one can do it all alone. Ask for help.

  • Use relaxation methods to calm your mind and body.

  • Get professional help if you need it.

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