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Specific Ways To Cope With Stress

  • Establish a support system of friends.
  • Recognize and accept your limits.
  • Take part in fun and laughter - especially at yourself.
  • Establish realistic goals and concentrate on one task at a time.
  • Be honest and assertive in expressing your feelingsLive by the calendar, not by the clock.
  • Practice good health habits -- rest, exercise, diet, and nutrition.
  • Take one thing at a time. Accept what you cannot change.
  • Change your attitude if necessary.
  • Be patient and tolerant of yourself and others.
  • Choose goals and make sure they are really yours.
  • Give in once in a while.
  • Forget the comparison syndrome.
  • Enrich your personal growth through interests, hobbies, skills.
  • Avoid becoming upset over small provocations.
  • Talk about your troubles with other people.
  • Learn to relax via deep breathing exercises.
  • Plan some free time every day.
  • Allow yourself to daydream. Dreams may be our subconscious giving us messages on how to be more ourselves.
  • Learn to plan and organize priorities on a daily basis.
  • Do something for others.
  • Seek professional help when you need it.

This information was provided by Lawrence Brock.During a long career of service to the banking industry, Brock pioneered a service called Transitions & Trauma to provide counseling and assistance to financial institutions and their employees in the event of a robbery or other critical incident.Currently, Lawrence Brock serves as Director, Senior Adult Ministry, First United Method Church, Topeka, KS. He may be contacted at (785) 272-2490 or via email at

First published on 03/01/2013

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