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Stress Management

How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress

If you’re living with high levels of stress, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life.

The goal of stress management is to bring your mind and body back into balance. By adopting a positive attitude, learning healthier ways to cope, and changing the way you deal with stress, you can reduce its hold on your life.

Here are some videos to help you deal with the stress you might be under:

Tips for Stress

  • Accept only your own responsibility in situations.

  • Set realistic expectations for yourself.

  • Focus on the process rather than the results.

  • Focus on successes rather than on failures.

  • Develop your own personal definition of success, instead of society's.

  • Be realistic about time expectations and perspectives.

  • Remember, life does have troublesome problems. This is normal.

  • Recognize that you will be criticized more than praised by parents, partners, and supervisors.

  • Create variety: do old things in new ways.

  • Make your work/study area more stimulating: redecorate, add music, change colors.

  • Leave the office/campus for lunch and errands, if possible.

  • Learn to be detached from problems.

  • Do paperwork immediately. Don't procrastinate.

  • Ask others for positive feedback.

  • Develop a hobby and spend time on it regularly.

  • Learn and practice sound money management.

  • Don't bring work home with you.

  • Decrease television time.

  • Keep physically fit — good diet and adequate exercise.

  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and drugs.

  • Spend time in active family activities.