Stephanie (wondrous2) wrote in mental_illness2,

Tips for Managing Stress

Tips For Managing Stress

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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