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STU 100 - East - College Study Skills: Stress Reduction

Healthy Ways to Relax

  • Go for a walk.
  • Smile.
  • Spend time outside.
  • Call a good friend.
  • Workout, exercise.
  • Write in your journal.
  • Take a long bath.
  • Light scented candles.
  • Savor a warm cup of coffee or tea.
  • Play with a pet.
  • Work in your garden.
  • Get or give yourself a massage.
  • Read a good book or magazine.
  • Listen to music.
  • Watch something funny.

Stress Management Strategies

Though it’s not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed like a test, you should avoid unnecessary stress….
  • Learn how to say “no.”
  • Know your limits. 
  • Avoid those who stress you out.
  • Take control of your environment.
  • Avoid hot-button topics.
  • Pare down your to-do list. If you have too much to do distinguish between what you should do and what you must do.
Alter stressful situations by changing the way you prepare for, communicate, or manage them.
  • Express your feelings instead of bottling them up.
  • Be willing to compromise.
  • Be more assertive and deal with problems and issues. 
  • Try to prevent, anticipate, or direct them.  
  • Manage your time better.
Learn to adapt to the stressor by changing your attitude, expectations, or by training/preparing for the particular stressful situation.
  • Reframe problems and attempt to view stressful situations in a more positive perspective.
  • Look at the big picture.
  • Adjust your standards, do not be a perfectionist.
  • Focus on the positive.
  • Adjust your attitude. Compliment yourself and others.
Focus on what you can control.  The great majority of things in our lives are beyond are control.
  • Think positive.
  • Share your feelings. Talk to a trusted friend or make an appointment with a therapist. Expressing what you’re going through can be very cathartic, even if there’s nothing you can do to alter the stressful situation.
  • Learn to forgive. We live in an imperfect world.
Make time for fun and relaxation
  • Regularly make time for fun and relaxation.
  • Rember to take care of your own needs.
  • Put time for rest and relaxation in your daily schedule.
  • Connect with others.
  • Make time for leisure activities.
  • Humor is important. Be able to laugh at yourself as well as the inequities of the world.
  • Learn how to relax.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle since you can increase your resistance to stress by strengthening your physical and mental health.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Reduce caffeine and sugar.
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.
  • Sleep well.

Managing Stress, Brainsmart, BBC

How to Manage Stress (Howdini)

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