A new job, the death of a loved one, divorce, moving ó all of these events create stress. Like it or not, stress is a normal part of life. The key is to figure out how to manage these difficult times, so they do not wreak havoc on your emotional and physical well-being.
Relaxation techniques, deep breathing exercises, meditation and yoga are just a few of the wonderful ways to help diffuse stress and achieve a greater sense of balance and peace. Tapping into a good support network and trying to find humor in even difficult situations also are powerful tools for coping with life's ups and downs.
If left unchecked, excessive stress can have a negative impact on the body. Many scientists believe that stress weakens the body's immune system, leaving one more vulnerable to disease and illness.
A reason why there is no definitive evidence linking stress and breast cancer risk is that studies measured stressors (i.e., stressful events) rather than the level of physiological stress in the body.
Nevertheless, we all need to learn how to ride out lifeís rough spots. Stress is no good for our body or our spirit.