Stress can be one of the most emotionally and physically exhausting states to live with. Chronic stress can take a toll on our relationships, career, and daily functioning, leaving us mentally and physically exhausted and unable to cope with everyday living.

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The remarkable achievements we wait our entire life for will come along eventually, but without each day offering joy, peace, and fulfillment; we are missing out on many moments to be fully alive.

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Aaahhh, good old stress, can’t live with it, and can’t live without it. Stress is a part of life. It helps us stay motivated and ready to respond to life’s challenges, and at the same time, can lead to emotional and physical health problems when it becomes severe and chronic.

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There are so many ways to get in the holiday spirit. Beautiful lights, decorating a Christmas tree, carols and Christmas music, and maybe even some snow if it suites your fancy.  But, often this time of year can get people a little strung-out and fatigued, especially since the rest of life doesn’t stop just because the holidays come around.

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As we expand professionally and personally, we develop more skills, greater knowledge, and have much more to offer the world. Though, this also means we will have more things to do and keep organized. Despite the preparation and organization, if you have simultaneous projects, there will be unfinished business, which can lead to worry or preoccupation with these tasks.

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There are many different views on what it means to be happy and how we can get there. Advertisers and the media want us to believe we can be happy if we buy their products, have more things, and look more attractive. More philosophical views would say that people aren’t meant to be truly happy and our sole motivation is an endless cycle of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.

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We’ve all had those days where we’re pushed to the limit. We’re physically exhausted, emotionally drained, and unable to give another ounce of attention to any meaningful task. It’s like we’re supposed to be the energizer bunny, and just “keep going, and going, and going.” Though, unlike the energizer bunny we must recharge our battery if we want to maintain health and well-being.

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Face it, you’re not perfect, and that’s okay. Movies, magazines, and television tend to present an idealistic self-image of how people should look, feel, and act, and these unrealistic depictions can lead to a perfectionist attitude. Even some self-help philosophy’s can make the claim that perfection is a reachable peak if we follow the right principles. Though, an inherent part of being human is fallibility and imperfection.

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What causes stress in your life? Is it the major life changes? The countless responsibilities? Or the minor inconveniences? Maybe it’s all of the above? The fact that change and unexpected events are a part of life means that everyone will experience stress. Stress is synonymous with change. Even positive changes are stress provoking. Fortunately, stress is natural, and is an important part of dealing with life’s many challenges. It prepares our body and signals us to take action. Though, excessive stress can cause serious mental and physical health problems.

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