Emotions are tied to everything we do. They are the major source of motivation, and a big factor in our ability to think critically and be creative. Consider a time you felt overwhelmed and exhausted from stress. How did this impact your level of motivation and ability to think clearly?

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Could you use a boost of positive emotions? Emotional well-being and positive emotions can come from many different sources. We can experience more positivity through socializing with friends and family, exercising, doing things we love, and if all else fails psychotherapy and Prozac. Though, another source that is effective, simple, and convenient is meditation. This is a practice and activity that works best for me when I feel irritable and agitated.

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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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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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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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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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