* Stress is a normal part of life that can either help us learn and grow or can cause us significant problems.
* Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action (to fight or flee).
* If we don’t take action, the stress response can create or worsen health problems.

* Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanageable stresses are the most damaging types of stress.
* Stress can be managed by regular exercise, meditation or other relaxation techniques, structured timeouts, and learning new coping strategies to create predictability in our lives.
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* Many behaviors that increase in times of stress and maladaptive ways of coping with stress — drugs, pain medicines, alcohol, smoking, and eating — actually worsen the stress and can make us more reactive (sensitive) to further stress.
* While there are promising treatments for stress, the management of stress is mostly dependent on the willingness of a person to make the changes necessary for a healthy lifestyle.