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Coping with Holiday Stress!

Stress Management Tips:

People can learn to manage stress and lead happier, healthier lives. Here are some tips to help you keep stress at bay.

  • Keep a positive attitude.

  • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.

  • Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.

  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi for stress management.

  • Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.

  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

  • Learn to manage your time more effectively.

  • Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.

  • Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation.

  • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.

  • Don't rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.

  • Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.

  • Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.

Article by WebMD:

Contributed by Pierra Moise of American Lung Association

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