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Don't Lose It, Defuse It
You can help protect yourself from chronic stress by meditating (take just ten minutes a day to sit quietly and focus on your breath), exercising regularly (aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week), and getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night. These healthy habits will not only help you manage daily anxieties, but also enable you to deal mentally and physically with major setbacks. If you think your stress is out of control, talk to your doctor, who can recommend a mental health professional or another specialist to help you find ways to cope.