According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (January 2015), stress and stress-related illnesses are on the rise. Stress is so commonplace in our fast-paced society that it seems like a way of life for many. Individuals, workplaces, and society as a whole are paying a high price for unmanaged stress.
Stress can hit when we least expect it. It is the body’s instinctual response to real or perceived threats or changes, and it can be caused by positive life events such as getting married, or negative situations like job loss. Either way, common reactions can include tension and irritability, fear and worry about the future, feelings of hopelessness, difficulty making decisions, sleep problems, headaches, muscle pain, upset stomach, and others.
What can we do to manage stress and cope with pressure in healthy ways? Here are ten tips to reduce stress and live a happier and healthier life:
10 Steps to Reduce Stress