Life’s daily anxieties cause stress. And though experts say that some stress is good for you — it can sharpen your senses and your mind — too much stress is bad for your mental and physical health. Ultimately, you can’t control everything that happens, but you can choose how you react to and deal with it. Here are some strategies for dealing with anxiety and stress:
- Accept that some things are out of your control. Focus on impacting and influencing those things over which you have control.
- Be positive. Avoid thinking and expecting the worst. Adopt a “can do” attitude and don’t hesitate to ask for help if and when you need it. Believe in you.
- Be efficient. Manage your time wisely and prioritize. Commit to a reasonable, daily “to do” list, in writing. Give yourself time to get things done, and allow adequate time to prepare for an event.
- Have a hobby. Do things that are enjoyable and provide you with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
- Don’t always depend on others to provide your happiness.
- Allow yourself some quiet time. Take 15-20 minutes every day to sit quietly and reflect. Learn and practice relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing. Meditation and prayer can help you process things.
- Exercise regularly. Hit the gym; ride a bike; go for a walk or jog; go hiking — stay active! Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, and stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Get enough sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events. Aim for at least 7-8 hours per night.
- Seek social support. Family and close friends (along with clubs, organizations, and support groups) can provide perspective and help you stay balanced.
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