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Stress

Tips for Managing Stress

Long-term stress can increase your risk of depression, anxiety, and other health problems. Deal with stress early to help prevent these types of problems.

There are many ways to help manage stress including:

  • anticipating stress and preparing yourself
  • using relaxation techniques
  • taking time to have fun
  • learning how to manage negative thoughts
  • try to prevent daily hassles (e.g., be on time, plan ahead)
  • decreasing your responsibilities
  • talking with someone (e.g., a trusted friend, family member, or elder) when you’re stressed out

Learning how to manage stress can help prevent it from affecting your mental and physical wellbeing.

 

Build Relationships

Stay connected. Having healthy relationships gives you shared respect, honesty, loyalty, and trus​t.

 

Breathe

When you are stressed, take a slow, deep breath. It calms your nervous system and helps you think more clearly.

 

Get Enough Sleep

Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. It can help you feel better, make it easier to concentrate and give you more energy.

 

Take Time for Yourself

Do something creative or something that you enjoy.

 

Laugh

When you laugh, you breathe in more oxygen and your body releases chemicals that make you feel good. It increased blood flow and relaxes the muscles.

 

Express Yourself

Talk to a family member or friend that you trust about your stress. It can calm you and give you a different perspective.

 

Go Outside

Just a few minutes outside can help you feel relaxed and recharged. A 15 minute walk in any weather can help you improve your mood.

 

Share Meals

Eat meals with family, friends, and co-workers to feel more connected.

 

Write It Out

Keep a journal. It’s a good way to help understand what causes your stress and how you react.

 

Intimacy Matters

A healthy committed relationship helps builds intimacy and lowers stress.

 

Stretch

Gentle stretching relaxes tight muscles and may help tension headaches. Regular stretching can improve your mood and general well-being.

 

Drink Water

Drink 1.5-2 liters (6-10 cups) of water a day to stay hydrated and alert. Your body needs water to work properly.

 

Eat Well

Proper nutrition fuels the brain and body.

 

Be Active

Exercise for 30 minutes 5 days a week can improve your physical and mental health.

 

Set Realistic Goals

Don’t take on too much. Know your limits. It’s okay to say ‘no’ or ask for help when you feel overwhelmed.

 

Be Positive

Appreciate and focus on your strengths.

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