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