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Slow traffic. Screaming children. A job interview. Financial worries. A fight with your spouse or partner. Any of these can cause stress. We all face stress in our lives. Some days are more stressful than others. Stress can take a toll on our physical and mental health. Learn more about stress and its effects by taking this quiz.
Meditating for 20 minutes a day may help relieve chronic stress. It can also help make you more resilient to stress when it happens. Exercise is another good way to handle stress. Doing 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day helps your stress level and your overall health. Talk with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program. And talking with others can help you deal with stress by letting you know you're not alone. Friends and family can give you support when you're feeling under pressure. Other ideas for dealing with stress include:
Francesca Torriani, MD
Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology
UC San Diego | School of Medicine