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Changing jobs, moving to a new home, commuting to work in heavy traffic. All of these things can cause stress.

It happens to all of us from time to time. Stress is our brain's response to different situations, both positive and negative. It could be the feelings we have while watching a scary movie or riding a rollercoaster. Sometimes, we have stress caused by major life changes like marriage or divorce, serious illness or death of a loved one.

It's important to know your limits when it comes to stress to avoid more serious health effects.

How Stress Affects Your Health
Each of us responds to stress in different ways. Some physical symptoms may include:

Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder, and other illnesses.

Coping With Stress

The effects of stress tend to build up over time. Taking practical steps to maintain your health and outlook can reduce or prevent these effects. The following are some tips that may help you to cope with stress: