While stress hormones are designed to save your life–if you are fleeing from a tiger or dodging an out-of-control motorist—the unchecked flow of these hormones, over time, can degrade bone, act as battery acid on the memory center of your brain, create weight gain and even deregulate your immune system. The good news is that you don’t have to quit your job and move to Tahiti to stem the tide of stress chemicals. Fortunately, there are tricks of the trade that can help you here.

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