Dealing with stress

  1. Ask yourself what you can do about the sources of your stress. Think through the pros and cons. Take action where you can.
  2. Keep a positive, realistic attitude. Accept that although you can’t control certain things, you’re in charge of how you respond.
  3. Stand up for yourself in a polite way. Share your feelings, opinions, or beliefs, instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
  4. Learn and practice relaxation techniques. Try breathing exercises, meditation, prayer,yoga, or tai chi.
  5. Exercise You’ll feel better and be more prepared to handle problems.
  6. Eat healthy. Avoid too much sugar. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. When you’re stressed, you’ll probably want less-nutritiouscomfort foods, but if you overdo them, they’ll add to your problems.
  7. Try to manage your time wisely.
  8. Say no, where you can, to things that would add more stress to your life.
  9. Make time for hobbies and interests.
  10. Get enough rest and Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  11. Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or food to help against stress. Ease up on caffeine, too.
  12. Spend time with people you love.
  13. Talk with a counsellor or take astress management class for more help.

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