Coping strategies for stress can be powerful
weapons in your fight against depression. These steps can help.
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1. When you feel stressed,
practice taking long, deep breaths.
2. Take regular breaks from your
3. Get regular exercise. Shoot
for a minimum of 20 minutes three times per week.
4. Eat a balanced diet.
5. Avoid caffeine, which is a
6. Avoid depending upon drugs
and alcohol to help you relax. This can quickly become a crutch.
7. Learn time management and
8. Use humor to lighten
9. Seek to find the positive in
every situation. View adversity as an opportunity for learning
10. Do not bury your emotions.
This is a temporary fix at best. Unresolved emotions can
resurface as nightmares or physical illness.
11. If you find that a
relationship makes you stressed, end it if possible. If it's not
possible, remember that you may not be in control their
behavior, but you are in control of how you react to it.
12. Give compliments freely and
smile often. You'll be amazed how the mood around you will
change and how in turn you will feel better.
13. Learn to really listen to
what others are saying rather than getting upset because you
disagree. Seek to find areas of common ground and work for a
- Scented candles, soft music and a hot
bath are great ways to relax after a hard day.
- Many report that herbs such as Valerian
and Kava Kava help them relax.
- Meditation or biofeedback training can be
an excellent way to control your body's response to stress.