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Do I need to cut people out of my life to help manage my stress?

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Maybe. The people you deal with every day have a huge effect on your mood and stress level. If interacting with any given person is creating drama or ongoing stress, you need to figure out how to erase it.

Sometimes this can be as simple as ignoring an annoying co-worker or not taking a nosy neighbor’s calls. But when that toxic person is an old friend or a family member, you’ll have to face it head-on. And you might have to end the relationship in no uncertain terms.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior.”

American Institute of Stress: “Workplace Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise and stress: Get moving to reduce stress.”

National Sleep Foundation: “National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 6, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior.”

American Institute of Stress: “Workplace Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise and stress: Get moving to reduce stress.”

National Sleep Foundation: “National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 6, 2016

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