For many people, chronic stress is a part of their daily lives. Carrying around this ongoing stress is not healthy, and it can impact your daily life.

Exercise is something firefighter Zach Zimmer uses to relieve stress. He leads the department’s peer fitness team and organizes weekly workouts to help his colleagues stay healthy.

Creating healthy habits in your life can help you cope more effectively when stressful situations arise and reduce the symptoms of chronic stress.

On average, adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Not getting enough sleep can make you more vulnerable to stress. Prolonged stress can wear down your body, putting you at a higher risk of becoming sick or developing other stress related health problems. Eating healthier, in addition to exercise and getting enough sleep, can also help lower this risk.

Not following a healthy diet can contribute to weight gain, health issues, and can make stress worse. Your body will function better and be more resistant to the effects of stress if you get good nutrition. Along with making healthy lifestyle choices, it’s important to take time for yourself. Hobbies are a good way to do that. For Christopher Wojnar, it’s playing the guitar.

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