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Stress & Relaxation Resources

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Twenty Self-Help Suggestions

Take on a Coping Attitude

  • Although you are unlikely to change all of the problem areas in your life, you will always be able to control how you cope with them.
  • A coping attitude focuses on the choices we have available to us, even if we choose to do nothing at all.

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Learn to Learn

  • Understand that productive living is achieved through the application of living skills, and all skills can be learned.
  • Concentrate your efforts on learning new, positive skills.

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Hear What Your Body Is Telling You

  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, backpain, and stomach irritation can be signs of chronic stress.
  • Let your body be an HMO for good emotional and physical health.

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Learn How to Use Relaxation Techniques

  • Meditation, imagery, and muscle relaxation can all help to reduce the stress of a fast-paced lifestyle.
  • Choose a technique that fits you and be aware of its importance to your healthy existence.

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Respect Your Feelings

  • Feelings can help guide and motivate us to change problem areas.
  • Feelings deserve attention and validation.

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Benefit from Your Thoughts

  • Thinking guides your behavior.
  • Thinking things out helps us decide if and how we shall act on our feelings.
  • Thinking is a skill which can be developed.

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Practice Assertion

  • Just be yourself.
  • Begin to recognize your thoughts and feelings, pay attention to what they are telling you.
  • Express yourself in an open and straightforward fashion. This will increase the likelihood of others understanding you as well as your feeling understood.

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Confide In a Friend

  • Let yourself share your thoughts and feelings with others whom you trust.
  • If it is difficult for you to share feelings, let your friends know.
  • Friendship and social support can be very helpful during life crises.

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Come Face to Face with Your Problems

  • As difficult as it might seem, confronting problems can provide opportunities for change and greater awareness.
  • Try to view your problems as challenges which will ultimately improve your life.

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Attempt to Solve Your Problems

  • Answers to life problems require consideration and the weighing of alternate solutions.
  • There is seldom one simple, correct answer.
  • Observe how valued others solve their problems.
  • Remember to assume a "coping" attitude.
  • Solving problems is a skill that improves with practice.

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Act on Your Solutions

  • Decide what action you are going to take even if you aren't sure about the results.
  • Consider coming to some resolution of your dreams as well as your problems.

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Make Mistakes

  • Attempt to learn from your mistakes.
  • Remember that mistakes reflect behaviors not your personality, so just because you make a mistake doesn't mean you are one.
  • Allow yourself to take risks and realize that making mistakes is a normal part of life.

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Employ a Self-Help List

  • Develop a list of things to do which will help you feel better when feeling disturbed or helpless.
  • Consider things which have been helpful in similar situations. Some suggestions are exercising, a soothing shower or bath, talking with a trusted friend, watching a movie, etc.
  • Be sure to keep the list with you in case you need to use it.
  • Maintain and upgrade the list as you begin to explore new ways of helping yourself cope with adversity.

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Concentrate on Yourself

  • Know what your needs are and respect them.
  • Allow yourself space to be creative. Try new things to make life exciting.
  • Make a point to indulge yourself on occasion. Even little things like getting a massage or going out to dinner can make you feel better.

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Respect Others

  • Recognize and pay attention to the needs of others.
  • Kindness breeds kindness. It is likely that if you show love to others they will reciprocate.
  • Caring sometimes involves taking risks.

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Plan Goals for Your Future

  • Know where you are going.
  • Develop a list of objectives and create a general timeline for their achievement.
  • Imagine what your life will be like after accomplishing these goals.

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Recognize the Importance of Time Management

  • Prioritize your daily activities so that the most important steps toward your future are taken first.
  • Understand that people do not find time, they make it.
  • Take time to make time.

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Have Fun

  • Set aside time for open, spontaneous, and imaginative play.
  • Explore new activities.
  • Engage in practiced activities which are gratifying.

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Seek Assistance

  • Getting help is a healthy choice if things are going badly and you believe you could benefit from it.
  • Realize that we can't always do it alone - we all get help sometimes.

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Give Change a Chance

  • Express your real feelings.
  • Allow yourself to experience some anxiety - it motivates change.
  • Trust your counselor - he/she is there to help you.

Books

Apps for Relaxation and Stress Management

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Self Help Resources  Stress & Relaxation