Ever wonder how you got in the habit of doing something? Watching too much television? Eating too much junk food? Biting your nails? What all these have in common is that they're efforts to reduce stress. Stress can be a major cause of health problems. The question is whether your coping strategy is helping or hurting?
Try exercise and humour (like laughing at something that's bothering you) as healthy coping techniques. Avoid overuse of alcohol, food or drugs, or withdrawal, self-pity and blaming others. One sure way to beat stress is exercise. Not only will you reduce stress, you'll also help your heart and lungs and otherwise improve your health.