13 Stress Management Techniques

1) The best way to cope with unhealthy stress is to recognize when your stress levels are increasing. While we often think of stress as the result of external events, the events themselves are not necessarily stressful. It is the way each individual interprets and reacts to an event that produces stress. For example, public speaking may be seen as routine for some people, while others may see it as stressful.
Stress “signals” fall into four categories: thoughts (cognitive), moods (emotions), behavior (actions), and physical reactions (bodily responses). See the Stress Symptom Checklist that follows to assess your level of stress.