FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Stress. Even mention of the word can increase anxiety for some. Everyone deals with stress differently, but how you cope with daily stressors can have great impacts on your quality of life and overall health.

Stress is actually the body’s response to any demand, including change. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are at least three types of stress which can create risks to physical and mental health. These include routine stress, stress brought about by a sudden negative life event and traumatic stress, which can be experienced after a distressing or life-threatening event. Routine stress incorporates stress related to daily pressures.

Not all stress is bad. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that stress can help people develop coping and adaptation skills to deal with new or potentially harmful life situations. Stress is a natural phenomenon which helps us develop the ability to deal with challenges, obstacles and even failures.

Maj. (Dr.) Joel Foster, chief, Air Force Deployment Mental Health, explains that coping with daily stressors in a healthy way and getting the right care can help put problems into perspective, and reduce the negative impact of stressful feelings. Just like practicing a sport improves agility and strength, actively managing stress day-to-day can…

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