10 Tips for Coping with Stress

  • Concentrate on the present.
  • Don't brood about the past or worry about things you cannot control.
  • Try to manage problems one at a time.
  • Don't lump your problems together; it can make them seem overwhelming.
  • Don't suffer in silence.
  • Talk things over with a trusted friend, coworker or relative. Seek solutions.
  • Use your resources and the advice of others to figure out how to work things out.
  • Occupy yourself and your mind. Social activities can help relax you during a time of stress.
  • Plan and prioritize. Stay in control of your time by deciding what task is most important and doing that first.
  • Exercise every day. Go for a walk and concentrate on your surroundings instead of your problems.
  • Maintain a daily routine. A familiar pattern of activities can decrease stress and increase a sense of security.
  • Avoid taking your problems to bed. Use relaxation techniques at bedtime so you can get a good night's sleep.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider. She/he can help you find the right agency or person(s) to assist you in coping with stress.