When at all possible, prevent and reduce stress in your life. Periods of stress are often accompanied by loss of regular proper movement and activity.

  • Stress can cause muscles to tense up, headaches, and other body aches.
  • Acute stress may also lower your immune system and make you susceptible to viruses and other illness.
  • Get plenty of rest and stick to a regular sleep schedule. 8 hours of sleep each night is recommended for adults.
  • Develop effective ways for your body and mind to deal with stress: Going for a walk, taking up a yoga class or reading a book are just some options that may help you cope.