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Reprinted with permission for personal or non-profit use. Visit www.helpguide.org to see the article with links to related articles. © Helpguide.org . All rights reserved. This material is for information and support; not a substitute for professional advice. Topics Mental & Emotional Health Emotional Health Addiction ADD / ADHD Anxiety Bipolar Disorder Depression Eating Disorders Grief & Loss Schizophrenia Stress Trauma & Abuse Family & Relationships Parenting & Family Relationships Help Childhood Challenges Healthy Living Eating & Diet Sleep Mind, Body & Spirit Work & Career Seniors & Aging Aging Well Alzheimer's / Dementia Caregiving & Support Email: me Newsletter About Us Supporters Contact Us www.Helpguide.org Reprinted with permission for personal or non-profit use. Visit www.helpguide.org to see the article with links to related articles. © Helpguide.org . All rights reserved. This material is for information and support; not a substitute for professional advice. Stress Management
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How to Reduce, prevent, and Cope with Stress It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about your stress level. The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all your errands, and your career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on. In This Article: Identify sources of stress Look at how you cope with stress Avoid unnecessary stress Alter the situation Adapt to the stressor Accept the things you can’t change Make time for fun and relaxation Adopt a healthy lifestyle Related links Print Authors Text Size Identify the sources of stress in your life
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Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your true sources of stress aren’t always obvious, and it’s all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sure, you may know that you’re constantly worried about work deadlines. But maybe it’s your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that leads to deadline stress. To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude, and excuses: Do you explain away stress as temporary (“I just have a million things going on right now”) even though you can’t remember the last time you took a breather?
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