Managing Your Stress
Tips for the Public:
Managing Your Stress
Know How to Relieve Stress
Keep Yourself Healthy:
β€’ Eat healthy foods and drink water.
β€’ Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol.
β€’ Do not use tobacco or illegal drugs.
β€’ Get enough sleep and rest.
β€’ Exercise.
Use Practical Ways to Relax:
β€’ Relax your body often by doing what works for you β€” take deep
breaths, stretch, meditate, engage in pleasurable hobbies, or
something as simple as washing your face and hands.
β€’ Pace yourself between stressful activities and do something fun after
a hard task.
β€’ Use time off to relax β€” eat a good meal, read, listen to music, take a
bath or talk to family.
β€’ Talk about your feelings to loved ones and friends.
β€’ Limit exposure to media.
Pay Attention to Your Body, Feelings and Spirit:
β€’ Recognize and heed early warning signs of stress.
β€’ Recognize how your own past experiences affect your way of
handling an event. Focus on the ways you handled previous
stressful events well.
β€’ Connect with your community support.
How to Help Children and Adolescents
β€’ Provide a safe environment.
β€’ Remain calm β€” children and adolescents will mimic your behavior.
β€’ Keep normal routines.
β€’ Share age-appropriate information.
β€’ Prevent or limit media exposure.
β€’ Practice active listening.
β€’ Teach coping skills:
β€’ Slow breathing
β€’ Counting
β€’ Calming music
β€’ Soft pillows, blankets or stuffed animals
More Information:
Centers for Disease Control and
Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration
β€” branch of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services
For additional information,
contact your health care
provider or your local health care
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