Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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PTSD Stress

Home care for reducing stress with PTSD include:

  • 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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Last Updated: Jul 8, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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