When Do You Get It?

Because there are so many forms of stress, stress can happen at any time. Stress is obvious when you experience a major life change, so expect stress when you move, lose someone you love, get married, change jobs, or experience a big change in financial status, diet, exercise habits, or health.

But you can also expect stress when you get a minor cold, have an argument with a friend, go on a diet, join a gym, stay out too late, drink too much, or even stay home with your kids all day when school is cancelled due to that irritating blizzard. Remember, stress often results from any kind of change in your normal routine.

It also results from living a life that doesn't make you happy; if that is you, your whole life may be one long stress session. You need stress management now!

Americans don't tend to take care of themselves, which results in stress on the body. Nearly 50 million Americans smoke. More than 60 percent are obese or overweight. One in four gets no exercise at all. According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, the incidence of adult-onset (Type 2) diabetes has jumped almost 40 percent since 1990.

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