Stress: It's more harmful than you think + 5 tips for a daily de-stress practice

    Stress can be good and stress can be harmful. It can motivate you to get a promotion at work or run the last mile of a marathon. But if your stress becomes long-term, it can have harmful effects on your work performance, family life, and health. Top stress triggers include:

    Your stress levels can differ from others based on your personality type and your response to situations but constant exposure to elevated stress hormones can have negative effects on your health including accelerated aging and increased risk of illness. Other health conditions that are accelerated by long-term stress:

    The good news is there are active daily practices you can use to help relieve your stress and lower your exposure to stress hormones.

    The key to successful de-stressing is making your practice a consistent part of your daily routine. Letting go of stress every day allows levels of stress hormones to drop back down, relieving your body of their harmful effects.

   Call (808)877-6611 for an integrative stress management appointment or request an appointment online at

Dr Lu'ukia Ruidas at Kupuola Wellness Center Dr. Lu'ukia Ruidas Dr. Lu’ukia Ruidas is a board certified family physician specializing in aesthetic and integrative medicine. A native of Maui, Dr. Ruidas graduated from the John A. Burns School of Medicine in 2002. She also received further training in aesthetic medicine and is a Fellow of the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program.

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