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Stress can influence your health and well-being. It is important to manage your stress well.

To receive the full benefits of stress-management, use positive coping skills and resources consistently throughout life. Keep in mind that different techniques often take practice and dedication.  The benefits that you will reap are far worth the time spent learning how to positively cope with stress.


Steps to reduce your stress:


1. Honestly identify what the sources of stress are in your life. Don't avoid or deny any problems or sources of stress.

Is stress the result of your job, relationships, school, self-esteem, or time-management problems?


2. If the source of your stress is a problem that is solvable, begin taking the steps necessary to solve it.

For example, you can take steps to prevent procastination and thus reduce the stress that it causes.


3. If the source of your stress is not possible to solve, begin learning ways to positively manage the problem and the stress that it causes.

For example, though you cannot cure certain chronic illnesses, you can learn to manage the associated stress and improve the quality of life.


4. Practice stress-reduction techniques regularly to improve your sense of calm, your ability to deal with future stress, and your overall health and well-being.

You can learn to elicit a relaxation response on cue and change the way you respond to potentially stressful events in your life.


Please click on links in the "Reduce Your Stress" or "Relaxation Techniques" section of the left-hand menu for more information about different  techniques you can use to reduce your stress and improve your life.