**How to Manage Stress | Stress Management Activities**

In this episode, we discuss the second Pillar of Health, stress management. Stress can come in many different forms. Yes, there are the obvious forms of stress. Being fired from a job, divorce, a cancer diagnosis, and death of a family member are obviously incredibly stressful events. However, positive events, like a wedding, promotion, or a birth of a child can be stressful, too.

There is a large spectrum in which stress can lie. We all have our own ways of dealing with stress. It could be a spa day, a long, quiet walk in nature, or playing with your kids. We need these things because, whether we know it or not, stress has a negative impact on our health. Added stress can play a role in many chronic disease processes.

There are studies that suggest continuous stress can play a role in the development and proliferation of disease. It is almost impossible to eliminate all stress for good, but there are a variety of strategies that can put into place to help minimize the stress in our lives and improve our ability to cope with it.