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Coping Strategies

Stress is a normal part of life and something you cannot control, however you can control your response to stress.


Here are seven ways to deal with stress:

  1. Keep a positive attitude – sometimes the way you think about things can make all of the difference. Your attitude can help offset difficult situations.

  2. Accept that there are events you cannot control – when you know there are times when you have given all that you can to a situation, it allows you to expend energy where it can be more effective.

  3. Learn to relax – purposeful relaxation, such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation and meditation is essential in training your body to relax. Relaxation should be a part of your daily regimen.

  4. Be active regularly – being active also helps your body more easily fight stress because it is fit.

  5. Eat well-balanced meals – staying on track with healthy eating habits is a great way to manage stress.

  6. Rest and sleep - your body needs time to recover from stressful events, so sleep is an important part of caring for yourself.

  7. Find your stressors and effective ways to cope with them - remember that you can learn to control stress because stress comes from how you respond to stressful events.


This information has been approved by Amy Lukowski, PsyD (February 2015).