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If you find your home and work schedules full and life is causing you stress, be aware that it can take a toll on your health. Too much stress can affect your mood, making you anxious or restless. It can lead to negative behaviors, such as overeating or eating poorly. And it can attack your body, causing headaches, fatigue and other health problems.
Some stress is unavoidable, but you can learn to cope with it so stress doesn't control you.
Consider the four As of stress relief: Avoid, Alter, Accept, Adapt.
Here are some ways to manage stress you can't avoid:
Watching television, surfing the Internet or playing video games might seem relaxing, but they are passive activities that can actually increase stress in the long run. To de-stress, try getting active instead. Get up, go for a walk, wash the car, do a little gardening — anything that gets you moving can help. Getting physical activity every day can help relieve stress.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
Here are some ways to clear your head when life begins to overwhelm you:
MANAGE YOUR TIME, MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE
If work is causing you stress, sharpen your time-management skills and maintain perspective:
This article is written by Mayo Clinic staff. Find more health and medical information on mayoclinic.org.
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