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How Well Do You Handle Your Stress?

Answer a few questions, and you'll get:

  • Why stress can be a good thing
  • What could be causing your stress
  • Tips for dealing with the stress in your life

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on June 17, 2014

Sources:

Mayo Clinic: "Stress Management," "Nutrition and healthy eating," "Exercise and Stress: Get moving to manage stress," "Social support: Tap this tool to beat stress," "Cultivating your social support network," "Caregiver stress: Tips for taking care of yourself."

American Psychological Association: "The Road to Resilience," "Coping With Stress and Anxiety," "Communication tips for parents," "Mind/body health: Job stress," "Tips for Preventing and Coping With Stress and Anxiety," "Stress won't go away? Maybe you are suffering from chronic stress," "Five tips to help manage stress," "For a healthy mind and body: Talk to a psychologist," "What are the benefits of mindfulness?"

American Heart Association: "Fight Stress with Healthy Habits."

CDC: "Coping With Stress," "Nutrition for Everyone: Carbohydrates."

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: "Marital Distress."

Cleveland Clinic: "Emotional Wellbeing."

American Heart Association: "Four Ways to Deal with Stress."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Adult Stress—Frequently Asked Questions," "Fact Sheet on Stress,"  "Psychotherapies."

Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine: "Sleep and Mood," "Assess Your Sleep Needs,"  "Twelve Simple Steps to Improve Your Sleep," "The Nutrition Source: Carbohydrates," "The Nutrition Source: Ask the Expert: Omega-3 Fatty Acids."

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Good Mood Foods to Fight Winter Blues."

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "The Link Between Stress and Alcohol."

National Sleep Foundation: "Caffeine and Sleep," "National Sleep Poll Finds Exercise Key To Good Sleep."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Yoga for Health," "Research spotlight: Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Reduce Inflammation and Anxiety in Healthy Young Adults."

Daily Mail: "A problem shared, really IS a problem halved: Discussing problems with people in similar situations reduces stress levels."

Townsend, S. Social Psychological & Personality Science, Dec. 17, 2103.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science: "Eating to Manage Stress."

Columbia Health: "Go Ask Alice!"

UCLA Health: "Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less: Stress-Reducing Foods, Herbal Supplements, and Teas."

Brody, S. Psychopharmacology, January 2002.

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: "Vitamin C: Fact Sheet for Consumers," "Magnesium: Fact Sheet for Consumers."

Colorado State University Extension: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids."

University Health Center, University of Georgia at Athens: "Managing Stress: A Guide for College Students."

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