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Stress Relief

All people experience stress. It’s a part of life! Even though you can’t avoid stress completely, you can take simple steps to better handle it in your own life.

I’ve learned that asking a friend to help me with a few small errands actually takes a big load off me.

Talk it out

For many people, talking about problems with a friend or a counselor can help relieve stress. Get tips now to help you talk to the people who matter to you. If you have trouble saying what’s weighing you down, try writing about it!

It’s okay to say “no”

Look at your calendar for the coming weeks. Mark any stressful times you know are coming—the start of school, the holiday season, or busy times at work. You may want to get rid of any events that aren’t 100% necessary. It’s really okay to say no!

Ask for help

Are there times you could use help or tasks you need an extra hand with? Maybe it’s picking up the kids when you have a doctor’s appointment. Or cleaning the house before company arrives. Take note of when you may need help—and go ahead and ask for it.

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Try relaxation exercises

Deep breathing, imagining peaceful locations, journaling, and picturing better health may help you de-stress. Consider yoga (with the okay from your doctor) or meditation.

Do your own thing

What reduces stress for your sister or best friend may do nothing for you! Make whatever helps you feel better a regular part of your life.

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Move it

Exercise may help lower stress in some people. Before you start, make sure your doctor says it’s okay to exercise. And once you get the green light, take a walk, go for a bike ride, or do anything physical that you like that fits in your management plan. 

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