Effective stress management involves activating your body’s natural relaxation response. This response is a state of relaxation that slows your breathing and heart rate, lowers your blood pressure, and brings your body and mind back into balance. Different techniques work for different people. Experiment to find the technique(s) that feels good to you and fits your lifestyle. Keeping a few in your “relaxation toolbox” and practicing them on a regular basis will help you manage the effects of stress in your everyday life.