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Tips and Techniques for Dealing with Stress
By Dr. Rita Nachen Gugel
Change is an expected part of our
daily lives today. Dealing with it so that YOU control
IT rather than vice versa is an important and positive
force in controlling your life. Try a few of these tips.
1. Accept what you cannot change. Take a tip from AA.
Change what you can, if it bothers you. But, if you
cannot change it, learn to live with it.
2. Face up to your problems. Sort them out, and see
which ones are real and which are simply imagined. Deal
with them as they are, and not what you think they are.
3. Deal with one problem at a time. Sort out your
priorities, and deal with them in the order of their
importance to you.
4. Be flexible. Give in once and a while. If you do,
others will too.
5. Don’t hold all of your worries inside yourself—talk
it out. Frequently we swallow our unhappiness (along
with candy, cake, ice cream, etc.) because we can’t let
the problems out. Talk to someone. A burden shared is
much less of a burden.
6. Work off Stress. Physical outlets for stress help
your body to fight off many of the negative results of
7. Get enough rest/relaxation/sleep. Give your body a
chance to recover from day to day. Lack of sleep and
rest will only make matters worse for you.
8. Avoid “self medication.” A “spoonful of sugar” may
make the “medicine go down,” but it does your body no
good. Sugar, alcohol, nicotine, and ice cream may all
feel good going down, but they make matters worse—from
the inside. They add to your body’s physical stresses,
thus making dealing with external stresses much harder.
9. “Take time to smell the roses.” Have some fun. Relax.
10. Think about and do something for others. A little
altruism never hurt. It even makes people feel better
11. Be the “captain of your ship.” If you are not happy
with your life, think about what’s wrong or missing, and
then plan the necessary actions to change it to coincide
with your needs and desires for your life.
12. Work on your relationships with those who share your
life. Don’t hold back your feelings. Share them with
your family and friends and co-workers. It can help to