Stress is all around us, and sometimes those little fissures boil over into real dilemmas. Stress can be a motivator, and it can even be essential to survival. The body’s fight-or-flight mechanism tells a person when and how to respond to danger. However, when the body becomes triggered too easily, or there are too many stressors at one time, it can undermine a person’s mental and physical health and become harmful. Here are five ways you can handle the curves life throws at you with composure and grace.