CPS Heartbeats 

April

A little bit of stress is good for us, in that it provides energy and keeps us motivated. However, it's important to keep stress in check. When left to its own devices, stress can lead to or worsen a number of serious health problems, from heart disease to depression and anxiety.

In medical terms, stress is the physiological response to a noted threat. Fear and anxiety are normal and essential feelings in life. But for some people, these responses take on a life of their own and start to disrupt everyday situations. Stress has expanded into a chronic condition with lasting health effects and the ability to weaken the immune system.

There are a number of things backed up by research that you can do, right now, to lower your stress levels. Here are a few simple tips on how to reduce stress and warning signs that it may be time to seek professional help:

o Loss of concentration very quickly
o Memory loss
o Constant worrying
o Sinking into depression and feeling alone or even suicidal

Revised:  April 1, 2016

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