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Life inherently presents us with challenge and stress is a natural response. Without some stress, motivation to act would be very low. But, if stress is excessive or lasts for a long time, the body begins to suffer. Rest and deep sleep can be disrupted. And, for those who are hoping to start a family, excessive stress can negatively effect fertility and, potentially, the developing fetus.

Stress management skills are an important skills for women and men who want a family to learn and master. Without healthy relaxation tools, patterns which are detrimental to health, such as over-eating, excessive alcohol use, and cigarette smoking may seem attractive as short term ways to 'cope' with the inevitable stress of life.

Managing stress well does not mean avoiding it altogether. This would be nearly impossible to do.
Instead, become aware of stress and your body's reaction to it. Awareness and effective relaxation skills, will help you meet life's challenges while becoming healthier. Odds are you will probably enjoy the good feelings that also result from these relaxation skills and the time you set aside to practice them.

Not all exercises or diets are suitable for everyone. Before you begin this program, you should have permission from your doctor to participate in vigorous exercise and change of diet. If you feel discomfort or pain when you exercise, do not continue. The instructions and advice presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. The creators, producers, participants and distributors of this site disclaim any liability or loss in connection with the exercise and advice provided here.

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