Stress coping strategies
None of these coping
strategies are new. They are common sense techniques for reducing
stress that we all know, but sometimes like to be reminded of. Circle
the ones you'd like to remember. Add your own to the list.
Take deep slow breaths
often, especially while on the phone, in the car, or waiting for
something or someone. Use this time to relax and revitalize
Remember, it takes less
energy to get an unpleasant task done "right now," than to
worry about it all day.
Take time to be with
nature, nourishing people, music, and children. Even in
cities, the sky, seasonal changes, and noticing people's faces, can
Learn a variety of
relaxation techniques and practice at least one regularly.
Organize your life
including time for fun, spontaneity, and quiet time. Set a
realistic schedule allowing some transition time between
activities. Eliminate unnecessary commitments.
If your schedule is
busy, prioritize your activities and do the most important ones
Monitor your intake of
sugar, salt, caffeine, and alcohol.
Create and maintain a
personal support system--people you can talk to under stress.
Remember to stop and
smell the flowers!