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Stress is an important factor in mental illness because it can worsen symptoms and lead to relapses. If you can decrease stress, you can decrease symptoms.

Nobody has a stress-free life and probably nobody would want to! Stress is a natural part of life. In fact, to pursue important personal goals, you need to be willing to take on new challenges, which can be stressful. Being able to cope effectively with stressful situations can minimize the effects of stress on you and your symptoms. This can enable you to continue to pursue your goals and enjoy life.

Learning about how to manage stress better may help you in your recovery journey. Let your mental health worker know if you would like to make coping with stress part of your mental health recovery plan.

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