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You may be getting flu shots, taking vitamins and washing your hands, but practicing stress management techniques is another important practice that can help to keep you healthy. Because stress (as well as many of the things that cause or exacerbate stress) can compromise your immune system, learning to eliminate, minimize, and cope with stress is an all-natural way to stay healthy during cold and flu season and avoid more serious health problems year round.

Where should you get started with stress management? Your best stress management plan will depend on several factors, such as your lifestyle, your personality, and the stressors you face. For example, if you are busy and frazzled, you may benefit most from developing more effective self-care habits or minimizing your commitments so you have more time for relaxing. If you are dealing with difficult people, finding communication strategies or working on setting boundaries might be the best way to minimize stress. If you have stressors in your life that you can't change, emotion-focused coping strategies can work wonders.

The following resources can help you to get started with stress relief, whether you are a stress management novice, if you are an old hand at stress management and would like to learn one or two new strategies, or are somewhere in between.

Stress Management Resources:

Learn more about how stress can affect your health, the link between stress and sickness, and what you can do to avoid illness and stay healthier.

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