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Preventing and Coping with Stress

Learning how to deal and manage stress is crucial for you health. Being able to deal with it can seriously lower the risks of diseases and other health related issues. Some quick tips on how to cope:
  • relaxation (tv, computer, video games, naps, etc.)
  • organization (keeping a calender or an agenda)
  • be able to identify your stressors by keeping a stress journal find out more on the link 
  • Avoid unnecessary stress by:
    • learning to say 'no' 
    • avoiding people who give you stress
    • taking control of your enviornment 
    • avoiding 'hot-button' topics
    • prioritize
  • Be able to alter the situation:
    • express feelings instead of bottling them up
    • be assertive
    • be compromising
    • manage time wisely (DO NOT PROCRASTINATE)
  • Adapt to the stressor:
    • reframe and use a new perspective
    • look at the big picture
    • adjust your standards 
    • focus on postitive 
  • Accept the things you can't change:
    • don't try to control the uncontrollable
    • look on the upside
    • share your feelings 
    • learn to forgive
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle:
    • exercise
    • eat healthy
    • avoid drugs and alcohol 
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm