Managing Stress

“Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.”
-Marilu Henner


Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems.  The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun - plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.


Start by identifying the sources of stress in your life.


Then, use the following stress management strategies:           

  • Avoid unnecessary stress
  • Alter the situation
  • Adapt to the stressor
  • Accept the things you can’t change
  • Make time for fun and relaxation
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle

What are the benefits of managing stress?

  • Sleep better
  • Control your weight
  • Lessen neck and back pain
  • Get along better with family and friends
  • Concentrate






Susan Sloop, Work Life Consultant
GVSU Human Resources
Phone: (616) 331-2215, Fax: (616) 331-3216


Page last modified March 20, 2013