Learning to be mindful can reduce stress levels. Focusing on retaining a positive outlook, rather than focusing on your stress, can decrease it. Even using the word 'stress' can set off a chemical reaction in your mind leading to more stress. By focusing on paying attention to your body and how it reacts, you can teach your body to alter your thought habits and create a more positive and healthy lifestyle and outlook. Finding awareness of negativity and making an effort to let go of its effect will help you maintain a less stressed life.