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Take Control of Your Stress

Manage everyday stress with these tips and smartphone apps

Veteran using a phone at homeBetween juggling work, family, and other commitments, it's normal to feel stressed sometimes. No matter the level of stress you feel, learning to manage it can help you live a more peaceful and healthier life. Managing your stress takes practice, but you can do it.

Here are a few ways to help you take better control of stressful situations.

Find the causes of your stress

Things that bring you stress are called stressors. They can be everyday events, life changes, or a combination of things. Figuring out what causes you stress can be tough to pinpoint.

Once you learn what's causing your stress, you can develop a plan for dealing with your stressors. The Mindfulness Coach app can help you notice and pay attention to what's happening in the present moment. By being more aware, you can reduce stress and improve your emotions.

Know the signs

Step one of handling stress is knowing how you respond to it. Some common responses are:

Sometimes we don't even realize how our actions may change when we are stressed. That's why it's a good idea to start using a stress tracker. This is a great tool to see what patterns you may have or how you typically respond to stress.

Stay connected and social

Don't let stress keep you away from the people you enjoy or the activities you love. For many people, life's demands begin to replace pleasant activities. It's good to have balance in your life, so you don't start to feel overwhelmed.

The Moving Forward app can help you manage challenges in your life. It gives on-the-go tools and teaches problem-solving skills to overcome obstacles.

Talk to your doctor

It can be hard to admit when you're feeling stressed. But if you're uncomfortable, let your doctor know. You can start the conversation for new or existing problems. Sign in today and use Secure Messaging to talk to your doctor about your stress.

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Have you looked at the apps mentioned in the article, i.e., Mindfulness Coach and Moving Forward?