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- Accept what you cannot change.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Associate with people you enjoy and who treat you well.
- Avoid stimulants: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, decongestants, street drugs, and diet pills.
- Energize your body with regular exercise.
- Engage in hobbies.
- Enjoy simple pleasures often.
- Fuel your body with healthy foods and avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Keep your sleep habits regular.
- Know your limitations; do not feel guilty when you say no to extra work.
- Look for enjoyment in simple things.
- Make a list of all the stressors that cause you to feel tense and reduce these activities as much as possible.
- Practice relaxation and meditation.
- Realize that you can decide how you will react to stress.
- Rearrange your priorities.
- Remember that you are not perfect.
- Schedule time for fun; laughter dissolves tension.
- See your counselor on a regular basis.
- Seek support groups in your area.
- Take a few minutes of quiet time each day.
- Talking with someone you trust can be the best medicine.
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