Take better control of the way
you're spending your time and energy so you can handle stress more
Control Your Environment.
Control who and what is surrounding
you. In this way, you can either get rid of stress or get support for
>Give yourself positive
feedback. Remember, you are a unique individual who is doing the best
Plan leisure activities into your
life. It really helps to have something to look forward to.
Exercise Your Body.
Since your health and productivity
depend upon your body's ability to bring oxygen and food to its cells.
Therefore, exercise your heart and lungs regularly, a minimum of three
days per week for 15-30 minutes. This includes such activities as
walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobics, and so forth.
Take your mind off your stress and
concentrating on breathing and positive thoughts. Dreaming counts,
along with meditation, progressive relaxation, exercise, listening to
relaxing music, communicating with friends and loved ones, and so forth.
Sleep as regularly as possible and
try to get 7-8 hours a night. Take study breaks. There is only so much
your mind can absorb at one time. It needs time to process and
integrate information. A general rule of thumb: take a ten minute break
every hour. Rest your eyes as well as your mind.
Be Aware of Yourself.
Be aware of distress signals such
as insomnia, headaches, anxiety, upset stomach, lack of concentration,
colds/flu, excessive tiredness, etc. Remember, these can be signs of
potentially more serious disorders (i.e., ulcers, hypertension, heart
Feed Yourself / Do Not Poison Your Body.
Eat a balanced diet. Avoid high
calorie foods that are high in fats and sugar. Don't depend on drugs
and/or alcohol. Caffeine will keep you awake, but it also makes it
harder for some to concentrate. Remember, a twenty minute walk has been
proven to be a better tranquilizer than some prescription drugs.
It has been shown that happier
people tend to live longer, have less physical problems, and are more
productive. Look for the humor in life when things don't make sense.
Remember, you are very special and deserve only the best treatment from