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Stress: Don't Let It Manage Your Life

Chronic excess stress doesn’t just ruin your day – it could ruin your health

There is a “healthful,” stimulating kind and level of stress. It’s called eustress.

Susan Harris, University of Nebraska Extension Educator in Rural Health, Wellness, and Safety, says eustress assists in rising to a challenge.

“For instance, if you have a son or daughter who’s getting married, you will feel stress the day of the wedding,” Harris says. “Your body will produce cortisol, which helps you work through the day. The difference between eustress and stress that can negatively impact our physical health is the length of time we continue to produce cortisol.”



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