Stress can sneak in as a passenger on your monster commute, then tag along for the rest of your hectic day, or it can announce itself loudly with a sudden loss or illness. And while we typically think of the winter holidays as stress ground zero, summer vacation often delivers more angst than relaxation.
All that tension wreaks havoc on our bodies, and rates of anxiety disorders and stress-related mental illness are on the rise. High levels of stress hormones also trigger increases in inflammation, upping your risk for serious illnesses, such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, and heart disease.
If stress is negatively impacting how you feel, sleep, or eat, try the six scientifically backed strategies below: