What are some strategies for stress relief and to prevent stress?


What are some strategies for stress relief?

You can’t avoid stress, but you can stop it from becoming overwhelming by practicing some daily strategies:

  1. Exercise when you feel symptoms of stress coming on. Even a short walk can boost your mood.
  2. At the end of each day, take a moment to think about what you’ve accomplished — not what you didn’t get done.
  3. Set goals for your day, week and month. Narrowing your view will help you feel more in control of the moment and long-term tasks.
  4. Consider talking to a therapist or your healthcare provider about your worries.

Many daily strategies can help you keep stress at bay:

  1. Try relaxation activities, such as meditation, aromatherapy, journaling, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises and muscle relaxation. 
  2. Take good care of your body each day. Eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep help your body handle stress much better.
  3. Stay positive and practice gratitude, acknowledging the good parts of your day or life.
  4. Accept that you can’t control everything. Find ways to let go of worry about situations you cannot change.
  5. Learn to say “no” to additional responsibilities when you are too busy or stressed.
  6. Stay connected with people who keep you calm, make you happy, provide emotional support and help you with practical things. A friend, family member or neighbor can become a good listener or share responsibilities so that stress doesn’t become overwhelming.

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