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July 30, 2012

Stress-Free Monday

While stress in small amounts can be helpful in motivating and energizing you, excessive stress (i.e., stress that impairs your ability to cope) is never a good thing.

Ongoing high stress levels can cause physical and physiological illness including depression, anxiety, decreased immune responses and cardiovascular disease.

Types of Stress

Ways to Reduce Stress

If you find yourself unable to control your stress levels on your own, seek help from a doctor or other health professional.

For more information on coping with stress, visit http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/mentalhealth/stress/167.html or http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/managingstress/htm/index.htm.

Every Monday, the Johns Hopkins Healthy Monday Project, part of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, offers tips for preventing disease and injury, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check back each week for new tips or visit our archive.