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Tips to Avoid Stress

1. Take care of yourself
Avoid drugs and alcohol as they can add to stress. Eat a well-balanced diet, get enough sleep and exercise on a regular basis.

2. Engage in self-relaxation
Try muscle relaxation, breathing or meditation exercises, prayer, yoga, or swimming to reduce stress. Spend time with nature or listen to quiet music.

3. Take breaks when needed
Especially at work, take breaks to help you re-organize and re-energize your thoughts and focus. This will help you do your work and maintain productivity.

4. Seek out social support
Lighten your mental load through the help of a partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergyperson.

5. Connect with others socially
Spend time with loved ones and do fun things together to help ease the stress.

6. Maintain a normal routine
Get up in the morning and go to bed at night each day at the same time. Eat three meals daily.

7. Give back to others
Channel your energy in positive ways by giving – like doing community service or helping a neighbor or a friend.

Ref: Accessed March 2024

The article written above is for informational and educational purposes only. For serious medical and health concerns, please consult a licensed health provider.