Manage your stress

Although stress can sometimes be a good thing, too much stress can really harm your health and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Here are some anti-stress techniques that will help you.

Sources of Stress

Several life events, such as moving house, leaving school, changing jobs and financial or personal losses are stressful. The "hassles of everyday life", such as traffic congestion, deadlines or conflicts can also cause stress. It is important to identify your sources of stress and learn how to deal with them effectively.

Symptoms of Excessive Stress

If you suffer from high levels of stress, you may feel tense or anxious, have a headache, have a stomach ache or experience symptoms that remind you of illnesses you have suffered in the past. Prolonged exposure to stress can also cause mental problems such as depression and anxiety.

Heart Disease, Stroke and Stress

The link between stress, heart disease and stroke is not fully understood, but some people who are severely stressed or stressed for long periods may have higher cholesterol, higher blood pressure and more Prone to atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries).

If your life involves a lot of stress, it can be difficult to lead a healthy life. Instead of physical activity to reduce stress, some people respond by eating excessively, eating unhealthy foods, drinking too much alcohol or smoking, reactions that increase the risk of heart disease, and Stroke.

Reacting to stress through anger can also be harmful, because this reaction triggers a series of physiological changes such as a pulse acceleration and an increase in blood pressure that can increase the risk of heart attack. Angry individuals are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and overeating

Anti-Stress Tips

  • Identify the source of your stress. Determine what really disturbs you. This is the first step in managing your stress.
  • Be physically active. Physical activity is a great way to fight stress while improving your heart health! Be sure to consult your physician before undertaking any physical activity program whatsoever
  • Share your feelings. Talking to friends, family and colleagues can help.
  • Book time for you. In trying to meet the needs of everyone, do not forget.oins de tout le monde, ne vous oubliez surtout pas.
  • Take time to laugh. Laughter is the natural mechanism your body has to fight stress.
  • Eat properly. Do not skip meals because hunger can make you vulnerable to stress.
  • Be sure to take a vacation. Emptying in one's head and changing ideas is important for mental and physical health.

For more information on stress, please read our brochure Tame stresse.

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