A stress-free life is unrealistic, but we can limit the effect stress has on us based on how we view a situation and choose to handle it.

The first step, of course, is recognizing when you’re under stress. From there, you need to explore and understand some basic management options, implement them and, in some cases, make strategic lifestyle changes. For example, some of the most successful ways to manage stress are through relaxation practices, therapy and behavioral adjustments in your life.

Relaxation practice

Learning and practicing relaxation techniques will help you relax both mind and body. You can try more than one of these techniques to see which works best for you—either in person with others or on your own—and numerous smartphone apps offer everything from advice to instruction.

Practicing one of these techniques for as little as 10 to 15 minutes each day can have great health benefits:

  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Meditation, mindfulness and visualization
  • Ecotherapy, or spending