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    Tips for Reducing Stress

    We may not be able to control stress, but we can manage it. Here are some stress-management tips that may help you feel better - and less stressed - every day:

    • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
    • Keep a positive attitude; rather than defaulting to negatives (''Nothing goes right for me,'' or ''Bad things always happen to me''), give yourself positive messages (''I'm doing my best,'' or ''I'll ask for help'').
    • Halt stress in its tracks; if you feel overwhelmed, take a walk or drive in the slow lane to avoid getting angry at other drivers.
    • Manage your time. Give yourself time to get things done; set your watch so you have more time to prepare for an event.
    • Do things that are pleasurable, like reading or gardening.
    • Take 15-20 minutes every day to sit quietly and reflect. Learn and practice relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing.
    • Exercise regularly by bicycling, walking, hiking, jogging, or working out at the gym. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
    • Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs. And don't smoke.
    • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
    • Seek out social support.

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