Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Stress Home Care

Home care for a stress reaction includes:

  • Accept what you cannot change.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Associate with people you enjoy and who treat you well.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Avoid decongestant medications
  • Avoid diet pills
  • Avoid stimulants
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • 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 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.
  • Seek professional help with overwhelming or hard-to-solve problems.
  • Take a few minutes of quiet time each day.
  • Talking with someone you trust can be the best medicine.
  • Take your medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Avoid running out of your medication. Refill your prescriptions early.
    • Don't stop taking your medication just because you feel better.
    • If you feel worse, talk to your doctor before you stop your medication.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
    • Do not stop prescription medications without talking to your doctor.

Stress Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a stress reaction and any of the following:

Continue to Stress Underlying Cause

Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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