Coping with Stress

Recognise what it is that causes you stress - in yourself, and in your particular situation.

Learn to live with imperfection - in yourself, and in others.

Learn to delegate and share responsibility - the world won’t collapse if you let go!

Allow yourself the luxury of a good self image - others can’t think well of you if you don’t think well of yourself.

Allow yourself to express your feelings - leaking is better than bursting!

Work for a consensus - cooperation is better than coercion.

Find and keep a strong group of friends - support is not for the feeble.

Try not to make all your major life changes at once - eg. new job, marriage, moving house, new baby.

Discover the word ‘no’.

Don’t compete all the time.

Reduce noise levels - listen to the silence.

Slow down your movements - it will help to slow your mind.

Be aware of your breathing - learn to breathe well.

Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it causes much less anxiety - stick to it.

Learn to relax properly - practice for at least a few minutes every day.