Stress is our body’s response to pressure. It can be triggered by a wide range of situations – relationships, a change at work, the death of a loved one, an illness or another event. We all deal with stress differently – and we don’t always notice when it’s happening to us. Here are some strategies that can help you cope with stress.

  1. Learn Relaxation Techniques

    One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is to learn how to silence the mind. Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are powerful relaxation techniques and stress busters.

  2. Exercise

    Another way to battle the debilitating effects of stress is to exercise. Whether you’re a jogger, bicyclist or just like to take long walks, be sure to get some fresh air and exercise into your daily routine.

    • If you have never exercised, UPMC health coaching can help you get started. Call 1-866-778-6073(TTY 711), or log in to MyHealth OnLine to chat with a coach.
    • You can also register for the UPMC Homerun for Health in May. Look for details in The Spark.
  3. Strengthen Your Social Network

    Connect with others by taking a class, joining an organization, or participating in a support group. Start a walking group with your coworkers to help boost your mood by being with others and get exercise. 

  4. Resolve Stressful Situations

    Don’t let stressful situations fester.  Hold family problem-solving sessions and use negotiation skills at home and at work.

  5. Visit your doctor

    They’re really in the best position to get your started on the path to a stress-free lifestyle. Make an appointment today or discuss it with your PCP when you have your yearly physical exam.

Download the RxWell App through UPMC. It has programs about stress, anxiety, and depression. The App is free in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and you can earn 15 points toward the $50 Health Education Incentive for completing a program.