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Tips For Managing Stress

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    People can learn to manage stress and lead happier, healthier lives. Here are some tips to help you keep stress at bay.

    • Keep a positive attitude.
    • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
    • Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
    • Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi.
    • Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
    • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Learn to manage your time more effectively.
    • Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
    • Make time for hobbies and interests.
    • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
    • Don't rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.
    • Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you love.
    • Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn more healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.

     

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    Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on March 16, 2013
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