|Fall 2011||Volume 27, Number 1||Findings Magazine|
Stress: A User's Guide
By Any Other Name
19 Ways to Beat Stress*
Stress: A User’s Guide
Coping strategies help, but only so much. Stress takes its toll. Chronic or temporary, traumatic or everyday, it can affect our hearts and lungs, immune and neurological systems, blood vessels and brains. Scientists are only beginning to grasp the extent to which it contributes to diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, influenza, and depression. Their research confirms what most of us instinctively know: stress is an iceberg whose full burden lies hidden from view. On a daily basis, most of us muddle through. But some don’t, and that’s where the work of public health can make a difference.