What Is Stress?

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.

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What Is Burnout? How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed at Work

The intensity of today’s work culture can feel crushing—which is why it’s essential to protect your mental health. Here, the reasons we all feel so overwhelmed, plus what you can do to find more calm.
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3 Expert Tips for Dealing With Financial Stress

Do your finances stress you out? That simmering worry can weigh you down and tax your health more than you may realize. Here, financial planners explain a few simple strategies you can use—starting now—for greater peace of mind.
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5 Mistakes You're Making that Drain Your Energy

Feeling drained? One of these sneaky saboteurs may be sapping your reserves without your even realizing it.
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What is Cortisol? Here's How it Impacts Your Body When You're Stressed

Cortisol is a helpful hormone—until it goes haywire. Bringing it back to its natural rhythm might just be a magic bullet for your health.
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10 Expert Strategies for Surviving Christmas Stress

Certain holiday stressors are unavoidable (hello, epic lines at the mall)—but how you approach them is in your control. Use this helpful guide to feel less angst and more peace, all month long.
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4 Ways Pets Help Relieve Stress

Pets have a lot of therapeutic traits.