When you have enough reasons to do something, motivating yourself to do, TAKES LESS EFFORT. 
Bombarding your brain with reasons to act makes motivation easy and one powerful strategy is to read a book on a habit you want to change. Eleven years ago, I read a book on the benefits of water drinking and I have maintained optimum hydration levels since. “Water is good for your health” is not a good reason to drink enough water for most. After I read that book I had so many compelling reasons to drink water, it was harder not to. The same goes for any habit. 
Here are 20 reasons to reduce your stress: 
1. Reducing stress gains you restful sleep at night. 
2. Stress levels can contribute to a number of mental and emotional disorders, including depression, anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks 
3. Stress may lead to relationship conflicts. You are more likely to be irritable, angry, frustrated and impatient with others. 
4. Memory, focus and other brain functions improve when stress levels are manged. 
5. Stress is hard on your digestive system and can provoke you to eat more or less than you normally do. The disruption of your body’s natural digestive processes can cause pain, heartburn, constipation, acid reflux or diarrhoea. 
6. Chronic stress can strip your body of essential B vitamins, which have many important functions and are vital for maintaining good health. 
7. Reduced stress levels avails to more available nutrients, to protect your body e.g. from infectious diseases. 
8. Maintaining low stress levels reduces the likelihood of nicotine, caffeine and alcohol consumption. All these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems. 
9. When left unmanaged over time, chronic stress can lead to the development of serious problems, such as stomach ulcers, stroke, asthma, and heart disease. 
10. During periods of high stress, certain chemicals (the brain "fight-or-flight" hormones) contributes to certain physiological effects, including rapid heart rate, higher blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. 
11. One of the most common physical reactions to stress is the tensing of muscles, which can ultimately trigger tension headaches, migraines and other musculoskeletal conditions. 
12. Many health care professionals consider chronic stress a significant risk factor for illnesses such as cancer and heart attacks. 
13. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. 
14. Chronic stress is widely believed to accelerate biological aging 
15. Research shows that stress can cause inflammation in the body, leading to a number of chronic health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. 
16. There has long been a link between stress and addictive behaviours. Chronic stress can change the physical nature of the brain to promote habit- and addiction-forming behaviours. 
17. Less stress helps eliminate unnecessary energy drain in your body. 
18. Reducing stress increases your productivity at work. 
19. Positive stress-busting endorphins and an increase self-confidence are wonderful effects of reducing your stress. 
20. Reducing stress in your everyday life promotes longevity. 
21. Reduce stress, gain more relaxation and enjoy life to the full. 
Understanding the real damages of stress in your life will help you maintain motivation to incorporate consistent practices which reduce stress. 
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