Overview

Stress management offers a range of strategies to help you better deal with stress and adversity in your life. Managing stress can help you lead a more balanced, healthier life.

Stress is an automatic physical, mental and emotional response to a challenging event and a normal part of everyone's life. When channeled positively, stress can lead to growth, action and change. But negative stress can lessen your quality of life.

Approaches to stress management include:

  • Learning skills such as problem-solving, prioritization and time management.
  • Enhancing your ability to cope with adversity. This might involve improving your emotional flexibility, increasing your sense of control, finding greater meaning in life and cultivating optimism.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, meditation, tai chi, exercise and prayer.
  • Improving your personal relationships.

Mayo Clinic's approach