We have all felt stress. It can be a positive force, motivating you to perform well or giving you a sudden burst of strength. Often, though, stress is a negative force. When your body's natural alarm system responds to everyday stressors, it can have negative consequences for your health. Sudden emotional stresses – especially anger – can trigger heart attacks, arrhythmias, and even sudden death. Other forms of chronic stress, such as depression and low levels of social support, have also been implicated in increased cardiovascular risk.
Stress is an inevitable part of our lives. We have all experienced it to some degree: during a disagreement with a family member; while speaking to a large group; while meeting a deadline at work. Our various experiences are constantly requiring for us to adapt to changes and cope with stressors. Staying connected with friends and family and reaching out to others is one of the most effective ways to manage your stressors and promote a longer, healthier life. Here are some tips to build healthy relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
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