Healthy Ways to Avoid Stress

There are things you can do to avoid some stress, such as establishing good eating and sleeping patterns, getting organized and planning ahead, and communicating with family and friends.

There are many good reasons to make wise lifestyle choices. Eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising (all those things your parents, teachers, and doctors tell you to do) will help keep you physically healthy. These are also just the kinds of things that can help you to avoid stress, reduce stress, and cope with stress. If you are in good physical shape when you experience stress, your stress may have less negative effects on your body.

Establish good eating habits. Good eating habits include having a good breakfast every day. A good meal to start the day raises your energy level, so you are better prepared to face the stressors that may await you. During the day, eat regular meals that include fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains. Cut down on fats, salt, and sugar.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Eating or drinking products with caffeine, including chocolate, cola, and coffee, can make you feel stressed even when there is no reason for the stress. Caffeine can interfere with a restful sleep. Alcohol is a depressant, which means that even if at first it makes you feel better, it will eventually impair your ability to cope with stress.

Get enough sleep. When you are overtired, a problem may seem much bigger than it actually is. Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule, and get up about the same time every day, even on the weekends. This kind of routine is less stressful than not getting enough sleep during the week and then trying to catch up on the weekends.
Learn relaxation techniques. To reduce stress, use relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, especially before a stressful event like giving a speech or taking a test. Regular exercise not only makes you feel better and look better, but it can also modify the way your body responds to stress. Your body can recover more quickly from the physical effects of stress if it is in good physical condition.

Learn problem-solving techniques. When you are under stress, or before a situation causes you stress, take time to understand the real problem and the best way to approach it. Consider more than one option.

Get organized. If you organize your activities and manage your time effectively, you will not only avoid a lot of stress, but you will also discover many other benefits. You are probably a busy person with many activities, including part-time classes or any other commitment. You may have a variety of responsibilities at home, including babysitting, cleaning, and helping out with meals. When you have many activities, you can become overwhelmed, which can cause stress. If you try to do everything at once, you may actually accomplish very little, and that can cause even more stress.

Set priorities. Instead of trying to do all your activities   in too little time, pace yourself and do one task at a time. List your activities in order of importance, and do the most important ones first. If you have a task that can be completed quickly, you might do that one first to give yourself a morale boost. If one task is overwhelming by itself, try to break it up into parts; for instance, you may not be able to wash all of the windows in your apartment in one day, but you may be able to wash all of the front windows and get the back ones done in a day or two.

If you need assistance with a difficult assignment, don’t hesitate to ask for help. You will not only find your work easier, which helps reduce stress, but you will enjoy the support of another person.

Leave some unscheduled time in your work for interruptions or emergencies, as well as time for relaxation or exercise; remember, they are stress fighters. Don’t forget to mix in some fun activities with your more serious obligations.