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Reasons to manage stress

If you flip through a magazine or watch commercials, you're sure to see stories and advertisements related to stress and stress management. It has become quite a catch phrase and hot topic. But what is all the fuss about? Why is stress worth managing?


To help answer those questions, the following lists provide a basic introduction to the costs and benefits of stress and stress management:


The costs of stress include:


  • Weakened immune system

  • Increased risk of disease

  • Increased blood pressure

  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke

  • Increased vulnerability to cancer

  • Decreased mood stability

  • Impaired memory and thinking

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Decreased work performance

  • Increased health care costs

  • Relationship Problems

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Menstrual difficulties

  • Pregnancy difficulties


The benefits of stress management include:


  • Strengthened immune system

  • Reduced risk of disease

  • Decreased risk of heart attack and stroke

  • Improved mood

  • Improved memory and thinking

  • Improved sleep

  • Improved work performance

  • Decreased health care costs

  • Improved relationships

  • Improved sexual performance


The lists above just begin to scratch the surface; however, the choice still seems pretty clear. The mental, physical, and emotional costs of stress effect individuals, families, communities, and companies. Stress management is a crucial piece in the puzzle of health and happiness for everyone.

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