The pace and challenges of modern life make stress management necessary for everyone.

To monitor your stress, first identify your triggers. What makes you feel angry, tense, worried or irritable? Do you often get headaches or an upset stomach with no medical cause?

Some stressors, such as job pressures, relationship problems or financial concerns, are easy to identify. But daily hassles and demands, such as waiting in a long line or being late to a meeting, also contribute to your stress level.

Even essentially positive events, such as getting married or buying a house, can be stressful. Any change to your life can cause stress.

Once you've identified your stress triggers, think about strategies for dealing with them. Identifying what you can control is a good starting point. For example, if stress keeps you up at night, the solution may be as easy as removing the TV and computer from your bedroom and letting your mind wind down before bed.

Other times, such as when stress is based on high demands at work or a loved one's illness, you might be able to change only your reaction.

Don't feel like you have to figure it out on your own. Seek help and support from family and friends, whether you need someone to listen to you, help with child care or a ride to work when your car's in the shop.

Many people benefit from practices such as deep breathing, tai chi, yoga, meditation or being in nature. Set aside time for yourself. Get a massage, soak in a bubble bath, dance, listen to music, watch a comedy — whatever helps you relax.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you manage stress. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Make a conscious effort to spend less time in front of a screen — television, tablet, computer and phone — and more time relaxing.

Stress won't disappear from your life. And stress management needs to be ongoing. But by paying attention to what causes your stress and practicing ways to relax, you can counter some of the bad effects of stress and increase your ability to cope with challenges.

March 21, 2020

See also

  1. 3 simple strategies to help you focus and de-stress
  2. 3 ways to become more stress resilient
  3. 3 ways to learn patience and amp up your well-being
  4. 4 proven ways you can feel happier
  5. A Very Happy Brain
  6. Anger management: Your questions answered
  7. Balancing work and life responsibilities
  8. Being assertive
  9. Bridge pose
  10. Yoga for weight loss?
  11. Can yoga help me keep caregiver stress in check?
  12. Caregiver stress
  13. Caregiver stress
  14. Cat/cow pose
  15. Child's pose
  16. Chronic stress
  17. Stress and your health
  18. Cobra
  19. Control email to regain control of your life
  20. Coping with excess information
  21. Coping with job stress
  22. Coronavirus grief
  23. COVID-19 and your mental health
  24. Coping with unemployment caused by COVID-19
  25. Destress with breathing
  26. Denial
  27. Downward-facing dog
  28. Ease stress to reduce your psoriasis flares
  29. Empty nest syndrome
  30. Stress relief
  31. Forgiveness
  32. Great expectations: How to keep them from creating unhappiness
  33. Headaches and stress
  34. How decluttering your space could make you healthier and happier
  35. How sharing kindness can make you healthier & happier
  36. How to be happy
  37. How to focus on the present for long-term progress
  38. Hunger games: Do you know why you eat?
  39. Job burnout
  40. Job satisfaction
  41. Learn to reduce stress through mindful living
  42. Lifestyle strategies for pain management
  43. Manage stress to improve psoriatic arthritis symptoms
  44. Massage
  45. Meditation
  46. Men: Consider this when life throws you a curveball
  47. Mindfulness exercises
  48. Mountain pose
  49. Stress-relief tips
  50. New School Anxiety
  51. Adjustment disorder
  52. Pet therapy
  53. Positive thinking
  54. Prenatal yoga
  55. Problem-solving
  56. Relaxation techniques
  57. Resilience
  58. Seated spinal twist
  59. Setbacks and criticism — Don't let them derail you
  60. Slide show: Yoga poses
  61. Social support: Tap this tool to beat stress
  62. Spirituality and stress relief
  63. Standing forward bend
  64. Stop multitasking and focus
  65. Stress hair loss
  66. Stress and technology
  67. Stress and weight gain
  68. Holiday stress
  69. Stress management
  70. Sources of stress
  71. Prevent stress setbacks
  72. Stress relief from laughter
  73. How to say no
  74. Stress relievers
  75. Stress symptoms
  76. Struggling to stay motivated? Social media might be the answer
  77. Support groups
  78. Tai chi
  79. Tired of feeling hassled? Try these tips
  80. To manage anxiety, start with the way you think
  81. Use the 80/20 rule to manage time and reduce stress
  82. Guided meditation video
  83. Tai chi
  84. Warrior 1
  85. What is hot yoga?
  86. What is reflexology?
  87. Why aromatherapy is showing up in hospital surgical units
  88. Work-life balance
  89. Yoga