Over the last few decades the stress in our lives has risen exponentially. The need for effective stress management has risen as a result. Stress is defined as physical, mental or emotional strain or tension. Stress is how the body prepares us for what is to come and it is a reaction to events that have taken place. Some amount of stress is necessary and healthy. Good stress will motivate us and keep us focused on our tasks and goals. Problems arise when the stress levels get too high and begin to overwhelm us. Dealing with stress untreated or unmanaged for prolonged periods of time can lead to serious illnesses which can be both mental and physical.
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