Stress management is a broad term used to cover all of the various techniques that individuals use to reduce the harmful effects of stress. Healthy and effective stress management strategies include exercise, meditation, biofeedback, and massage. These techniques can all lead to feelings of relaxation and can reduce the negative impact that stress has on the body. The way that they do this is by engaging the body’s natural Relaxation Response.
Unfortunately, however, people use unhealthy strategies to manage their stress. Some examples of this include smoking, drinking alcohol, and comfort eating. These techniques can lead to temporary relief, but in the long run they do not address the root of the problem and can even lead to increased stress.