Stress Management Ideas

1. Avoid Unnecessary Stress

            a. Learn to say ‘no.’

            b. Avoid people who stress you out

            c. Avoid hot-button topics

            d. Downsize your to-do list

2. Alter the situation

            a. Express feelings instead of bottling them

            b. Be willing to compromise

            c. Learn and practice assertiveness

            d. Manage your time better

3. Adapt to the stressor

            a. Reframe problems; Take a new view

            b. Look at the big picture

            c. Focus on the positive

            d. Adjust your expectations to more realistic standards

4. Accept things you cannot change

            a. Do not try to control the uncontrollable

            b. Look for the positive side; see the glass as half full

            c. Share your feelings with close people

            d. Learn to forgive; it will free your soul

5. Make time for fun and relaxation

            a. Make a list of your fun activities

            b. Set actual time for relaxation

            c. Connect with others who are favorable to you

            d. Do something every day that you enjoy

            e. Keep your sense of humor

6. Adopt a healthy lifestyle

            a. Exercise regularly

            b. Eat a healthy diet

            c. Reduce use of caffeine and sugar

            d. Avoid alcohol, tobacco use, drugs

            e. Get enough sleep

7. Improve your emotional intelligence

            a. Recognize there is a War seeking to control your emotions

            b. Take stock of your emotional stability

            c. Find your emotional strengths and what they teach you

            d. Find your emotional weaknesses and find ways to manage them