5 Tips to Reduce Stress

  1.  Use Lists
  • When you can’t imagine how you can possibly accomplish everything you need to do, make a list.  Include everything that needs to be done on the list – reading assignments, briefing, grocery shopping, down time, and social events. Prioritize the list and make a weekly schedule from it.  Fit all of your tasks into the weekly schedule.  Then, once you’ve completed tasks, cross them off of your list.  This is a great way to give you a sense of accomplishment and show you how much work you can complete in a day.

2.  Exercise, exercise, exercise

  • Everyone knows the countless benefits of exercise including boosting energy, combating disease, and controlling weight.  Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three to five times per week.  Try out a new yoga class or go running with a friend.   Even a little regular exercise can help ease depression, boost energy and mood, and relieve stress.   If you can’t block out 30 minutes a day, try to incorporate smaller chunks of exercise into your day by taking the stairs or walking at lunch.

3.  Do something you enjoy every day

  • Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be exercising, catching up with family or friends, or playing a musical instrument.

4.  Take care of yourself

  • Get plenty of rest and eat well-balanced, nutritious meals. When you are taking care of yourself, you’ll be able to handle stress better when it does come up.

5.  Take a break

  • When stress just seems like too much, take a time-out.  A few minutes away from the problem can help.  You may need to just step away from the problem or ask for help.  Talk with your family, a friend, or a counselor.