As Queer B.O.I.S., we lead bold, active lives with dynamic schedules. Within any given day, many of us juggle the roles of family member, parent, romantic partner or spouse, college student, and co-worker. With endless to-do lists, deadlines, frustrations, and commitments, it appears that there are not enough hours in the day. It is no surprise that many of us are stressed. out. While trying to balance our personal and professional lives, it is not uncommon for us to be plagued with stress. Before you panic and think of how stressed you are, take a deep breath and release it. Stress is not always a bad thing. In small doses, it can help you perform well under pressure and motivate you to succeed by making you more focused and alert. However, if you’re constantly in a frenzied state of emergency or a stressful environment, your mind and body will pay the price. You can manage the stress in your life effectively by recognizing your signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.