Managing your stress

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Understanding the signs of stress is one of the first steps in learning how to manage your emotions. It is important to learn to recognize the signs of stress and take action to lower or get rid of your stress. Otherwise, you can get caught up in a cycle of stress and your symptoms can get worse.

For example: If you are really tired, you are more likely to feel stressed. If you don’t do something to catch up on your rest, your stress is likely to build. This can cause your pain and stiffness to increase.

You can take some steps to break this cycle!

  • Recognize the symptoms of stress in your mind and body.
  • Work on identifying and solving the problem that leads to stress.
  • Relax by using breathing, physical relaxation, mini-relaxation imagery and other relaxation methods. You will learn more about these methods in the section titled “Relaxation​.”
Last updated: January 31st 2017