Stress doesn’t need to negatively affect you if you learn how to manage it. Some things you can try to include:
- Recognize what causes you stress– at home or at work– and find ways to stay away from those situations.
- Try not to take on too much and prioritize your goals. Give yourself a break and be more forgiving when you don’t get to everything.
- Being self-critical can add to your stress. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Tell yourself “I think I can” rather than “I know I can’t.”
- Create a network of close friends and co-workers you can go to when stress starts to build. A hobby or a cause to volunteer for can be good outlets.
- Cut down on smoking and drinking. While alcohol and tobacco have had a reputation for helping you relax, they actually can make you more anxious.
- Eat well. A balanced diet can help keep your body healthy and better able to handle stress. Dark chocolate and foods rich in vitamin C, like oranges and grapefruits, may lower stress hormones.
- Carve out some “me time” and get a little exercise. A 15-to-20-minute walk three times a week can break up your day and help you shake off stress.
- Meditation, deep breathing, guided imagery, or other relaxation techniques can help quiet your mind.
- Get a good night’s sleep. You may need to cut down on caffeine during the day and screen time at night. And a to-do list can set up the next day and help you get a more restful night’s sleep.