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Wellness Education

STRESS: Daily Strategies

You can make long-term changes in your life to manage stressful factors. Here are 10 alterations to your daily routine to reduce your stress level.

  1. Beat procrastination! Buy a calendar or planner to keep track of important events and deadlines.  Keep a to-do list to prioritize your tasks.
  2. Choose your own goals. Accept that you have limits and keep expectations for yourself realistic. Sometimes it’s ok to say no to a commitment or taking on another project.
  3. Be willing to compromise and learn to forgive other people and yourself.
  4. Sleep on it. Clearing your mind and coming back to a problem will help put things in perspective.
  5. Eat healthy and make time for exercise.  Incorporate daily vitamins into your diet. Feeling good physically will help you feel good mentally.
  6. Look at everyday activities as breaks from a stressful situation.  Taking a shower or bath, sitting down at meals, and walking from place to place are all activities to be enjoyed.
  7. Be positive! You have handled stressful situations before.  Become proactive and handle your stressful situation without letting it control you.
  8. Sometimes life’s problems really are out of your control.  Accept that you may not be able to change the situation.
  9. Make time for yourself! You are the most important person in your life. Relax.
  10. Make a list of what is bothering you. Come up with reasonable solutions to each problem. If you can’t come up with solutions to every problem, ask for help.  Smith peer groups, administration, friends, and family are all here to talk

Managing Stress

Daily Strategies

Meditation Practice


Deep Breathing

Progressive Muscle Relaxation




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