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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.