Navigating the changes of midlife causes stress, there's no doubt about it, and we'd all like to reduce stress in our lives.
But stress can be positive, keeping us on our toes. Stress becomes negative when we continually face challenges without relief. Tension builds in the body, causing an assortment of physical problems -- such as headaches, upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain, and sleep problems.
For women over 50, the effects of chronic stress are compounded. Your body isn't as resilient as it once was, so it needs better maintenance -- a healthier lifestyle -- to repair itself. Face it: It's time to reduce stress.
The keys to less stress and greater happiness? They aren't more money or material objects, says Charles Raison, MD, assistant professor of psychiatryand behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. They're positive action, good health, good relationships, and a sense of optimism.
How to Reduce Stress and Achieve Emotional Balance
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