Finding Balance: Rate your progress
Week 8: Looking ahead to a less stressed life

Over the past 8 weeks, you’ve seen how being aware of your response to stress can help you manage it. And by writing down your thoughts in your workbook, you created a place to revisit anytime you need a reminder of what worked best for you.

By finishing this program, you’ve taken a meaningful step toward a less stressed life. This week, you’ll have a chance to look back and see how far you’ve come. Rating your progress in this final workbook activity might even inspire some new ideas or goals for the future.

Open your stress management workbook and start the final assessment.
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Keep up the good work

Stress management is like any skill – the more you practice, the easier it gets. If you met the goal you set for yourself, try setting another one to keep the momentum going!

If you’re still feeling the negative effects of stress, try doing the program again, or talk to your doctor for advice and additional resources.


Join ACERA’s 8-Week Finding Balance Stress Management Program

Finding Balance is an 8-week stress management program designed to help participants recognize how stress affects their lives and explore positive ways to deal with it.


Finding Balance: Getting Started
Week 1: How stress affects you and why it matters

It’s hard to be your best self if you’re feeling tired, anxious, tense, or distracted. But those are some of the physical and mental symptoms of stress — and they all take a toll on your total health.


Finding Balance: Your Stress Journal
Week 2: Write it down to let it out

Last week, we asked you to rate your overall stress level and think about where your stress comes from.


Finding Balance: Making an action plan
Week 3: How you respond to stress is up to you​

Last week, we started looking at specific stressful events and examining how you react to them. This week, you’ll take a closer look at how you cope to see if there’s anything you’d like to do differently.


Finding Balance: Relaxation and stress
Week 4: Make time to unwind

When you’re stressed, the last thing you want to hear is that you should try to relax. But it’s actually very good advice.


Finding Balance: Money and stress
Week 5: Examining your expenses

If you have financial concerns, you have plenty of company – money is one of the leading sources of stress in America.*


Finding Balance: Nutrition and stress
Week 6: The food-mood connection

When it comes to stress, what you eat – or don’t eat – matters.


Finding Balance: Exercise and stress
Week 7: Move more to stress less

Even in small doses, physical activity is a natural stress reliever – 62% of adults who use exercise to manage stress say it’s extremely effective.