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Addictions and Other Unhealthy Responses to Stress

Here’s some important information and valuable tools to help you recognize and resist addictions and other unhealthy ways of coping with stress.
  1. Alcohol and Stress (3)
  2. Smoking (4)
  3. Uncontrolled Anger (2)

Stress and Emotional Eating: What Causes Emotional Eating?
Even if we know what we’re supposed to be eating, there are additional factors that influence how much and what type of food we consume. One of these factors is stress, which is linked to increased emotional eating. Emotional eating has many causes. Learn about the main reasons—besides hunger—that stressed people eat, and find resources to...

Unhealthy Responses to Stress and How These Bad Habits Affect You
If you tend to deal with bad habits and unhealthy responses, you are compounding the negative impacts of stress on your health by exacerbating the stress levels and creating new problems in your life and health. The following are some common unhealthy coping responses to stress, along with some of the negative effects of each, and ideas on how...

Ten Things to Stop Doing If You Are Stressed
Many of the things that cause us stress are out of our control. However, the impact that they have on us can be minimized by our thoughts and actions. Here are ten common things that exacerbate stress, and what to stop doing if you're feeling stressed.

Instant Energy For Stressed and Busy People--Limiting Caffeine Intake
If you're like most of us, you'd love to have more hours in the day. While it's impossible to create more time, you can create more natural energy for yourself so you can be more productive, enjoy your time more, and have more time for what you enjoy, wasting less time on being non-productive. Limiting your caffeine intake is an important way to increase your energy level. Find resources to cut back on caffeine so you can make the most of your time.

Some of Your Pleasures Cause Stress!
About’s Single Parents expert discusses how coffee, candy and cigarettes can be stress relief “quick fixes” that cause long-term harm. Learn the details of why so you have something to think about the next time you reach for one of these!

Are You Dependent On Adrenaline?
About’s Single Parents expert discusses how coffee, candy and cigarettes can be stress relief “quick fixes” that cause long-term harm. Learn the details of why so you have something to think about the next time you reach for one of these!

Gambling Addiction
Some people deal with stress by doing something they enjoy, like gambling, and what starts as a fun diversion turns into an addiction. Here’s more on how to tell if you have a problem, from About’s expert in gambling.

Retail Therapy and Stress
Retail therapy -- the tendency to go shopping as a route to stress relief -- is a surprisingly common reaction to stress, but it also can contribute to stress in the long run.

Stress and Sleep: Getting Quality Sleep When Stressed
Stress and sleep problems seem to go together. While sleep is important for handling stress effectively, being productive, and staying healthy, stressed and busy people--those who need sleep the most--tend to get too little or too poor quality sleep on a regular basis. Learn the reasons behind the correlation between stress and sleep problems,...

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