Get a handle on stress before it handles you.

bigstock-Stress-Meter-Showing-Panic-At-28707623Stress management is the foundation to any personal wellness plan. Stress is the puppet master to our mood and energy levels. When left unmanaged, it typically escalates to unhealthy behaviors that negatively affect performance, relationships and mental well-being.

Understanding the various forms of stress, which are showing up in your life and how frequently is the first step to developing a solid stress management plan. The goal is to manage stress in a way that energizes you and keeps you from tipping into the burnout zone. Ideally, your experience of stress gives more than it takes.

If you’re looking for immediate relief, start by acknowledging how you currently experience stress. Use that information to discover your personal needs and preferences for activities that counterbalance and keep stress from backing you against a wall.