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Does stress get you down?

It’s easy to think of stress as negative and even dangerous to your health. Long-term, constant stress can be. But some stress is a part of any meaningful life. It helps us to learn, reach out to others, and grow. It is even possible to feel excited and confident about stress. That is called a “stress helps” mindset. If that sounds strange to you, try this thought challenge:

Step 1

Pick your top three values in life and write them down. You can choose from a list (see the word cloud above for examples) or choose your own. Pick a value that is truly yours, not one that is something others expect of you. You don’t have to be great at this value, so long as it’s one that is important to you—it should be something that guides your decisions every day and in life.

Step 2

Pick one of your top three values to write about for 10 minutes. Describe why it’s important to you and how you live out this value in your daily life. How does it guide your decision making? Write about a situation where it helped you to manage stress or make a difficult decision. There are no right answers when it comes to what you write. If you like, you can repeat steps 1 and 2 for all three of your top values.

In conclusion, stress doesn’t have to be a negative force in our lives. It’s all about having the right mindset and perspective. By identifying and embracing our core values, we can tap into stress’s positive aspects and use them to propel us forward in our personal and professional lives. So take the challenge and reflect on your top values, and see how they have helped you manage stress in the past. And if you need further support in managing your stress, don’t hesitate to reach out to KnovaSolutions®. Their clinical team is ready to provide you with the tools and resources to make informed decisions about your health and well-being.

Do you want more help with managing your stress? Email [email protected] or call 1-800-355-0885. We are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

KnovaSolutions® is a clinical prevention service to help Alliance Health Plan members better understand and manage their medical care, treatments, and medications via telephone and email. The KnovaSolutions clinical team focuses on the member as a whole, not just the health complications they may be facing, by providing access to health information and support in making the best health decisions possible.