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How best to manage your stress

The best ways to manage stress are through self-care. Follow these tips to ensure you stay well through tough times:

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. They may seem to be a temporary fix to feel better, but, in the long run, drugs and alcohol can create more problems and add to your stress instead of taking it away.
  • Find support. Seek help from a partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor or clergy person. Having someone to lend a sympathetic, listening ear and share your problems/stress with can help lighten your load.
  • Connect socially. After a stressful event, it is easy to isolate yourself. Make sure you are spending time with loved ones. Try to plan fun activities with your partner, children or friends.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Try meditation to clear your head.
  • Give yourself a break; for example, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage.
  • Try to maintain a normal routine.
  • Stay active. You can take your mind off your problems with activities like helping a neighbor, volunteering in the community, or taking your dog on a long walk. These can be positive ways to cope with stressful feelings.