Saturday, January 21st, 2012 Focus: I seek more laughter, calmness, and clarity in my life.

Chronic stress produces high cortisol levels that don’t go away. Chronically high cortisol will make you sick, physically and emotionally.

Stress can come from multiple sources including these six: negative emotions, too little sleep, poor diet, overwork, toxic chemicals, and inflammation.

The antidote for stress is balance. Look at each of these six stress triggers individually and work on finding small ways to reduce excesses and achieve more balance in each area. Seek more laughter, calmness, and clarity in your life.

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Excerpted from: Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier You by Mark Allen & Brant Secunda.