Tips for Managing Stress

Stress is your reaction to what you see as a challenge or threat in your environment. Making major changes in your life can be a source of stress. You may want to try some of the following suggestions to reduce your stress:

Set your priorities.  You can't do it all.  Set a few attainable goals each day and work to accomplish them.

Exercise regularly.  You can work off tension by doing even the most basic exercise such as walking.  Simple habits can help you to maintain balance in your days.

Eat balanced meals.  During times of stress, people tend to skip meals or feast on fast food.  If you eat balanced meals, you will feel better.

Get sufficient rest and sleep.  Don't spend sleepless hours worrying about what you cannot change - you need the rest to be able to maintain your schedule.  Try to maintain a schedule that imitates your work times so that you won't miss contact with potential employers and your friends.

Use your support network.  Share your troubles, and when necessary, ask for help. 

Have fun.  Laugh a little.  Make time for things that you enjoy doing.  Check out the Frugal Living section of this website to explore some free or low cost activities that you can do, even if you don't have money.

Give yourself time.  It takes time to adjust to new situations.  Don't overload yourself by initiating too many changes at once.

Appreciate yourself.  Reward yourself for accomplishing tasks.  Surround yourself with people and things that make you feel positive.

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