Five Useful Tips for Managing and Easing Stress in Your Life

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Regardless of our age or life situation, we all encounter stress in our lives. Keeping the following advice in mind can help to make stress more manageable.   

1. Change your emotional response: Think about stress as your reaction to a situation, rather than the situation itself. Even though you cannot control some of the stressors in your life, you can control your response to them.   

2. Embrace spirituality: Embracing spirituality can lead to a clearer life purpose and better stress management skills.   

3. Protect your time: Saying "yes" to everything comes at a price. Learn how to take time for yourself and practice saying "no" without feeling guilty.   

4. Maintain a strong social network: A coffee break with a friend at work, a quick chat with a neighbor, a phone call to a family member, even a visit to church are all ways to reduce stress while fostering lasting relationships with the people close to you.   

5. Lastly, ask yourself what you can do about the sources of your stress. Think through the pros and cons. Take action when you can.

Marcia A. Maggio, MS, CCM, is the Care Coordinator Supervisor of SwedishAmerican Hospital's Case Management Department