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12 ways stress can totally wreck your entire body

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Stress takes its toll on way more than your mind

There's no question that stress affects your mind and the way it works, but it can also take a toll on your body, in some ways you might not even realize. While these effects can be beneficial in the short-term — helping you fight your way through a stressful situation — those same effects can cause a lot of damage when the stress sticks around for a while.

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If your body is feeling the heat from too much stress, you're not alone. More than 40 percent of adults suffer adverse health effects from stressful lives, and at least 75 percent of all adult visits to doctor's offices are from stress-related conditions.

Imagine how much healthier we'd all be if we could just lead stress-less lives! Since that's just not possible, #takeamoment and work to reduce your stress at least a little bit, and find ways to calm your nerves when you're feeling more on-edge than normal — or when you recognize any of the symptoms below.

More: 5 important ways to protect yourself from stress

Stress takes its toll on way more than your mind
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Sources: American Psychological Association, Healthline

Getting a handle on your stress won't just make you a happier person; it can make you a healthier one.

This post was sponsored by Aetna. It is for general informational purposes only and is not meant to replace the advice, diagnosis, or treatment of a physician or other health care professional.

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