Home > Medical > Stress Get back to nature to put stress at bay - 60-90 minutes in the outdoors will do the trick For the greatest payoff, we should spend 20 to 30 minutes at least three times a week sitting or walking in a place that provides us with a sense of nature. Severe stress may send immune system into overdrive Autoimmune diseases turn the body's natural protection against itself by attacking healthy cells. How to put the brakes on 'emotional eating' Healthy lifestyle habits can help you reduce bad moods and the emotional eating that often follows. Latest in Stress Writing out your worries really works wonders A recent study found that writing about your stresses, anxiety and worries can free up your brain to accomplish other tasks more effectively. WATCH: Pets can make you happier and healthier How may an animal companion contribute to your happiness and health? Slow down and enjoy a safe Christmas Enjoy the Christmas holidays with your family by avoiding the worst of the frenzy and focusing on what is meaningful. More reasons why you must manage your stress A study found that stress can keep you from making positive changes in your life by holding you back, as though your feet were stuck in mud. load more Your Stress Guide Stress is a response to many of the everyday situations we find ourselves in and can be a positive and a negative thing. When faced with stressful situations we need to make decisions , which can ensure survival on a basic level. Modern work related stress can however have a negative impact on our health by presenting too many stressful situations. Stress management is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle when symptoms of excessive stress present themselves. Learn more about stress here. What is stress? What causes stress? Who is affected by stress? Symptoms and signs of stress Factors that could lead to stress Can stress be prevented? How can stress be managed?