You’ve heard about this stress management stuff for years. It is important to have a few techniques to use throughout the day to manage the stress. Do you know, in 30 percent of cases, what the first sign of heart disease is? Sudden cardiac death – a heart attack.

There are many benefits to managing stress: reductions in occurrences and the severity of the common cold, depression, anxiety, muscle tension, chronic pain, road rage, anger, insomnia, skin rashes, digestive tract disorders, diabetes, and hypertension.

Unfortunately some people manage stress by self-medicating through eating too much, spending too much, or maybe smoking or drinking.

According to the Wellness Council of America, stress is considered by many experts to be one of the top lifestyle risk factors for heart disease. Overall, experts estimate 75-90% of all doctor visits are for stress related conditions. If stress is a risk factor in your case, you might not get any warning before you find out that your level of stress has been too high.

Of course there are long-term benefits to stress management, like reducing the chances of early cardiac arrest. But don’t forget the immediate benefit of less stress and more enjoyment of your life today.

Practice stress management techniques. Make it a lifestyle. Enjoy the benefits. Pick up a few more stress management strategies to keep it fresh.

Stress is the wear and tear caused by life. Stress management is a big deal. The strategies, however, are not that hard to do. Learn a few techniques, work them into your daily schedule and live a long, happy, and healthy life.

If you and your coworkers are suffering from significant stress, contact me at and I will deliver a presentation packed with dozens of stress management strategies.

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