— Exercise

— Support system

— Yoga and meditation

— Positive thinking

— Professional counseling

— Identify stressors and manage money

— Just say "no"

— Sleep

— Breathe deep

SOURCES: American Psychological Association and Leah Forster with Primary Children's Medical Center

How does stress affect your body?

1. Nervous system: When stressed, the body evokes a sort of "fight or flight" response and will shift its energy toward fighting a threat. The heart will beat faster, respiration will increase and the digestive process will be impacted.

2. Endocrine system: Certain hormones are released when a person is stressed that can increase blood sugar produced by the liver. For some people who are susceptible, that increase in blood sugar can lead to diabetes.

3. Respiratory system: Stress can make you breathe harder and can trigger asthma attacks. Some people can also experience panic attacks.

4. Cardiovascular system: Sudden stress can make your heart rate increase and elevate your blood pressure. Chronic stress can increase a person's risk for heart problems.

5. Musculoskeletal system: Muscles tense up when a person is stressed. Long-term, this can lead to headaches and tension around the shoulders, neck and head.

6. Gastrointestinal system: When stressed, you can eat more or less than you normally do. You can also experience "butterflies," nausea and digestion problems that lead to constipation or diarrhea.

SOURCE: American Psychological Association