In today’s hectic, fast-paced world, pretty much anything can contribute to raising your stress levels. Whether it’s work, family or friends, health, or home, it seems like every little thing can be a stressor nowadays. A stressor is something in your life that causes your body to produce stress hormones, such as cortisol, which can have negative consequences on both your physical and mental health. It is important to take steps to reduce stress as much as possible in order to decrease these effects and improve overall health and wellness.Dr. Yagoda recommends incorporating a variety of stress reduction techniques in your lifestyle to manage your stress, including meditation, yoga, ample and restful sleep, biofeedback, and moderate exercise. Ask her for more information on each of these.