Stress is a fact of life. You cannot avoid stress, but you can learn to manage it, so it doesn’t manage you. Changes in our lives—such as going to college, getting married, changing jobs, or illness—are frequent sources of stress. Keep in mind that changes that cause stress can also benefit you. Moving away from home to attend college, for example, creates personal development opportunities—new challenges, friends, and living arrangements. That is why it’s essential to know yourself and carefully consider the causes of stress. Learning to do this takes time, and although you cannot avoid stress, the good news is that you can minimize the harmful effects of stress, such as depression, anxiety, or hypertension. The key is to develop an awareness of how you interpret and react to circumstances. This awareness will help you develop coping techniques for managing stress.