- Take a deep breath. Slow, deep breaths activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which calms you down.
- Don’t dwell on scary thoughts without any productive decisions.
- Give yourself a break. Accept your negative emotions.
Exercise. Research suggests many of the benefits of exercise come in the first 20 minutes.
Reach out. In-person interactions cause your body to produce a bunch of hormones that counteract the “flight or flight” response.
Maintain a balanced lifestyle.
Take notes of what tends to stress you outso you can better control your reaction.
Set the right expectations. Treat stress like an inevitable part of your life. You’re not trying to erase stress, you’re simply trying to cope with it.
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