Tips to manage stress

Factors in our environment trigger a stress response. These triggers are called “stressors,” and can take many different forms, such as:

  • an upcoming exam
  • a wedding
  • a car accident
  • a relationship problem
  • being stuck in traffic
  • falling in love
  • problems at work

Stressors are not necessarily negative. Winning the lottery or falling in love can just be as stressful as a bad grade or an injury. Moreover, people differ in the amount of stress they experience. A situation that is stressful for one person might not be stressful for another. For example, a rollercoaster ride or parachuting may be very stressful for you, while a friend may find it exciting.