Stress can often lead to unhealthy lifestyles and practices, and these patterns can cause more stress. Furthermore, poor choices made under stress, like the following, can eventually lead to more stress and illness:
- Excess intake of alcoholic beverages
- Eating too much fast food
- Becoming a couch potato
- Participating in, or accepting, violent behavior.
It is therefore very important that multicultural or minority populations understand the symptoms of stress, and adopt techniques to prevent and reduce the possibility of their experiencing negative distress, or distress, and the many diseases that are directly or indirectly associated with stress.