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Manage your stress

Manage your stressEveryone has stress in their life. It is unavoidable. Stress is any change that requires you to adjust. The adjustment is registered in your brain as a threat, and causes a stress response in your body.

Regardless of the source of the stress, your body prepares to fight or flee from the change or source of threat. Virtually all systems in your body (your brain, heart and blood vessels, immune system, digestive system, respiratory system, sensory organs, etc.) undergo changes to meet the perceived danger. This is known as the fight or flight response.

Stress can cause you to experience physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. When stress becomes chronic, it can increase your risk of developing a physical illness. It is estimated that as many as 80 percent of visits to the doctor are related in some ways to symptoms or diseases linked to stress.

But there are ways to better manage your stress. This site can provide you with information to help you assess and better manage your stress.