5 Things to Help Manage Your Response to Stressors

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1. Pick Your Battles

You could stress about anything and everything.  But what’s the point? Rather than worrying about everything, identify things that are stressing you over which you have some control.

2. Take Control of Your Situation

Do what you can to take care of things that are stressing you out.  If there is something you must do—do it. Not taking care of business will only add to the level of stress you experience.

3. Relax and Have Fun

Once you have done what you can do, let it go. It is out of your hands at that point.  It will be what it will be. Instead, make time for fun and relaxation on a regular basis; it will help you be in a more positive space to handle stressors in your life.

4. Take Care of Yourself

Sleep: Sleep is very important in helping you manage your emotions and your response to stress. Try getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night. This will leave you feeling refreshed and productive for the day.

Food: What we put in our body affects how well we function. Eat healthy, decrease or eliminate caffeine, nicotine, and drugs, and drink plenty of water. With proper nutrition, you will be better equipped to handle life’s stressors.

Physical activity: Your body is designed to discharge stress through physical action.  Getting regular physical activity into your schedule will help you manage your stress long term. Try doing 20 minutes of exercise, such as walking, jogging, biking or yoga, at least three times a week.

Deep breathing: A couple of minutes of deep, slow breathing can be one of the easiest ways of calming the nerves and re-engaging the mind.

5. Express Your Feelings

If you keep things bottled up, resentment may build and the situation will stay the same or get worse. Don’t try to mask or avoid your feelings with alcohol, drugs, sex, or food. Instead, express your feelings.