Are you experiencing stress due to work, family, career change, college, or a life transition? Many people experience both positive and negative stress in life. How we deal with those stressors and resulting stress is important. Do you find yourself holding your breath? Tensing your muscles? Sometimes we adopt coping skills that are not healthy for us. Learning relaxation and stress management is very important for your health and well-being. Diaphragmatic breathing, or belly breathing, is just one way to manage the body’s reaction to stress. Others include guided imagery, meditation, talking it out with someone, progressive relaxation, and exploring your options. Many times, people feel that they are “stuck” in the situation and don’t see any way out. Realizing you do have options can lift the burden and relieve much of the resulting stress.