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30 Nov

Stress-the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Stress-the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Stress. What is it good for?  Absolutely nothing.  That really isn’t true according to recent reports.  A little stress has been shown to help your memory and ability to think clearer.  It is also said it can help improve your immune system, and prompt you to get things done.

Stress becomes a problem when we let take over our lives.  Like anything in life, too much of something can become a bad thing.  It can lead to us feeling depressed, wreak havoc on our immune system, lead to forgetfulness, befuddle our brains, cause procrastination, lead to dental problems (ever grind your teeth?), hair loss, and other physical and mental problems.

Some of us deal with stress the incorrect way.  We eat too much or eat too little, we over indulge while drinking alcoholic beverages, take to our beds to sleep our lives away, or abuse pharmaceuticals. 

How can we better deal with stress? It depends on the circumstances.  For instance, there are different levels of stress.  Someone dealing with a life changing ordeal like an illness will most likely need professional help or a support group.  Other stress triggers, like a bad day at work, may be relieved by exercise.  Personally, I take a small walk during my breaks, to help clear my mind. The experts all agree the best way to handle stress is to recognize what is causing it, and then finding a healthy way to deal with it.

Mickey Lovingood is a Business Development Coordinator on our Healthcare Business Development Team. She has more than 15 years’ experience in customer relations and sales.

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