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Not All Stress is Bad

Stress is a part of our day-to-day experience, according to the National Institute of Mental


It is how the brain and body respond to any demand. A project deadline, an argument

with a family member, or a significant life event can be stressful. While long-term stress can be

harmful to your health, not all stress is bad.

Stress that subsides after a challenging event ends is considered adaptive and a normal part of our experience. When you experience short-term stress, take it one step at a time. Give yourself some credit for getting through the next thing!

Then, when the situation has passed, give yourself an emotional release through exercise, or

engaging in a relaxing activity. Stress that persists may impact your health.

It is important to pay attention to how you deal with stress, and when to seek help. If you’re overwhelmed by stress, ask for help from a health professional.


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