Stress levels have increased dramatically over the past two years given our declining economy, falling home values, unemployment spikes, and stock market debacle. Unfortunately the consequence of increased stress has been a rise in domestic violence, substance abuse, and increased health problems. Many of us seek unhealthy ways to cope with stress such as overeating, smoking, inactivity, and alcohol consumption. The temporary relief provided by these unhealthy behaviors only creates more problems and added stress long-term. We can choose to react differently to stress and take charge through exercise, assertiveness, and time management. Research has shown that staying connected to family/friends helps along with maintaining a positive attitude, problem-solving, journaling, and relying on humor to manage stress. Stress is inescapable, but our reaction is within our control. Change what you can, YOU!