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Stress plays a role in our everyday lives. Stress can be in the form of an exam, of a work presentation, of losing a job, or hundreds of other factors. Causes of stress are called stressors and they can vary in severity from being mildly uncomfortable (i.e. test, big decision, first date, etc) to being unbearable (i.e. loss of a spouse, loss of relative, etc).

Stress is your body’s reaction to events in your life. When you face a stressor, your body responds by releasing stress hormones into your system. These hormones include adrenaline and cortisol, which will prepare the body to respond to the stressor. From the release of these hormones your heart will race faster, your muscles will tighten, your blood pressure will elevate, and your senses will become more acute.

Even though stress is in our daily lives, it's important to remember that not all stress is bad. Actors and athletes are regularly dealing with good stress and they can use it to perform at a high level. An actor will have a lot of nervous energy on opening night of a Broadway play, but he or she will use it to give an outstanding performance. The same is true for an athlete; many times a championship game will provide drama and excitement, and some of the best athletes have had their most memorable games during these times. These actors and athletes are great examples of how to handle the stress of the situation and actually thrive on it. Brain Stress Ball

However, there is a fine line between good stress and bad stress. Being placed in multiple high-tension situations within a short period of time can have an adverse effect on your health. An occasional burst of adrenaline can be good once in awhile, but constant bursts will lead to elevated heart rates and high blood pressure. Even in moderate doses, stress can cause health issues like sleeplessness, headaches, upset stomach, and problems concentrating on daily tasks.

Stress is unavoidable, and it can even be tolerable in moderate doses. But stress can cause many health problems if it's not managed properly. There are many effective ways for people to manage stress, from relaxation techniques and using stress balls to counseling. Here are some helpful stress management resources:

· Stress Management Strategies – guide to reduce, prevent, and cope with stress.

· Mental Stress Management – tips on how to reduce mental stress.

· Physical Stress Management – suggestions on how to reduce physical stress.

· Stress Management For Women – tips for women on how to reduce stress.

Effective stress management techniques can be helpful in reducing the effects of physical and mental stress and keep us healthy.

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Bubba is the Quality Logo Products mascot. He may have started out as "just a stress ball," but he's come a long way since the company's launch in 2003. Bubba has been immortalized in numerous vector artwork designs for internal and external promotions, and you can see him change outfits on the Quality Logo Products homepage whenever a holiday rolls around. Oh, and he thinks pants are for the birds. You can connect with Bubba on Google+.

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