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Stress and Weight Gain

Stress, it's everywhere! But we have a choice in how we respond to it.  Turning to food, smoking or drinking can lead to obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes. All are also risk factors for heart disease and stroke.  Carl Azuz brings us suggestions from experts on healthy habits to help you cope with stress in tonight's health matters.
What do laughter, exercise and getting a good night's sleep have in common?

Besides making us feel good, they are also all "healthy habits" that can help control stress.  Here's a few you may want to practice, if you don't already.

First, take charge of your own health.

Cardiologist Dr. Winston Gandy says, "the thing that [he sees] that people could do more of is making sure they take care of themselves."

That includes getting enough rest.

If we can get regular sleep that will do an awful lot to how clearly you think and your ability to function.  

Speaking of functioning- get moving!

"Certainly an exercise regimen allows us a regular period of time where it's just us - where we can be physically active and also be clearing our mind."

But, you don't have to go it all alone.  Lean on family and friends for support.

"Sometimes all you need is a different perspective, a different way of seeing things to allieviate the things that you're stressing about," said Cardiologist Dr. Winston Gandy.

Other positive coping mechanisms?

-Laugh!  Whether with others or alone remember to let go!

-Volunteer!  Helping others feels good and produces feelings of satisfaction.

-and slow down.  Think "pace" not "race."

Tips to help you control stress before it controls you.Stress and Weight Gain

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