Zap stress and take back your life

A stressful job or family life can do more than make you toss and turn at night. Sustained stress suppresses the immune system. The more you stress, the fewer antibodies your body will produce and the more likely you are to be plagued by infections.

Take action:
Prevent stress by being aware of the warning signs and by listening to your body; manage your life better – organise your time, set yourself realistic goals and accept change; eat regular, nutritious meals; exercise moderately and choose something that is also fun to do; work on your relationships – learn to be assertive (not aggressive) and to communicate effectively; understand the stress in your work system – get to know what you can and cannot change and try to see the bigger picture; give yourself permission to be human – be kind to yourself and accept yourself; take time to spoil yourself; and remember sometimes to do nothing at all.

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