Tuesday Tip #33: Managing Stress

April is National Stress Awareness Month and most of us are experiencing increasing stress levels. We know we should reduce our level of stress, but it can seem too hard to do when we’re just trying to keep up with everything we have to do. Here are some tips that can help you manage your stress.
  1. Take 5 slow, deep breaths whenever you feel tense.
  2. Get some exercise each day to boost your energy level and improve your mood.
  3. Make time for relaxation. Listen to music, work in the garden, play with a pet, or do something else you enjoy.
  4. Keep things in perspective. Look for the humor in situations.
  5. Stretch and massage tight muscles to work out tension.
  6. Talk with a trusted friend instead of keeping frustrations bottled up.
  7. Plan and prioritize each day’s activities and be realistic about what you can achieve.
  8. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people.
  9. Look on mistakes and difficult situations as opportunities for growth.
  10. Learn to accept change and be flexible.