Stress triggers a hormonal fight-or-flight reaction that speeds up the heart and quickens breathing. In small amounts, stress is natural and may even be beneficial. But learning to manage stress is key to preventing health problems such as depression or insomnia.

The Really Good News About Stress

But in short bursts (like a day or less) stress can make your body more efficient and your mind razor sharp. Here’s how to use stress without letting it use you.

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