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Be realistic. Don’t overcrowd your schedule or your date book. If you are unsure whether or not you will be able to accomplish a task, say so. If you are booking most of your day with work and tasks, you won’t leave time for relaxation … or for the unexpected.

Talk it out. Talking about your problems, what makes you stressed, and how you are feeling, is a helpful way of relieving stress. Keeping your concerns bottled up often increases your stress levels. If you don’t think that you have anyone who will listen to your problems, consider a healthcare professional such as a therapist.

Take a break. It’s o.k. to go to lunch, or to take a walk when you need one. By taking your mind out of a stressful situation for a little while, you will be better able to concentrate and succeed when you get back to work.

Exercise. Exercise has been linked with stress relief because it helps you to distract yourself from your worries. Also, exercise floods your body with endorphins, which is what causes a “runner’s high” and can replace feelings of frustration with positive feelings of accomplishment.

Eat right. Getting balanced meals, the right nutrients, and a reliable source of energy in your body will help you to cope with stress throughout your day. Also, by cutting own on sugars and caffeine, you can alleviate some of the jittery feelings associated with a stressful situation.

Meditate or pray. Some people really benefit from mediation techniques or prayer rituals. These activities can help people control their pulse, muscles and breathing in an effort to relax the mind and body. You can meditate on your own, in a quiet place through visualization or calm thoughts, or through organized activities such as yoga, aromatherapy and hypnosis.

Do what works for you. When it comes down to it, everybody’s body reacts differently to stress. And that means that everybody’s body also copes with stress differently. If you notice that the outdoors soothes you, then seek out a quiet outside location to relax. If you’re a writer, keeping a journal might help you deal with stress. Whatever you learn is best for you, it’s important that you allow yourself time every day to de-stress with your personalized method.

Avoid turning to drugs and alcohol. It’s never a good idea to “self-medicate” to deal with stress. Although you might think that this will help you forget about your problems, your health and stress level will only increase. If you find yourself regularly using drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, you should see a counselor or talk with a professional about alternative ways to handle stress.

Laugh. Recently, researchers have found connections between humor and health. Humor is thought to be an effective mode of stress relief and relaxation. If you feel overwhelmed with stress, try watching a comedy or seeking out a particularly funny friend. Even smiling could possibly help to alleviate a little stress from your day. It certainly won’t hurt to try it.

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