~List the things that cause you stress.
~Reframe things in the context of a larger positive plan. .
~Recognize that troubles are temporary. Highlight the unavoidable responsibilities.
~Perfectionism only leads to stress.
~Know your limits physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. When faced with a large task, break it down into smaller tasks.
~Enjoyment of life prolongs life and reduces stress. Exercise. Avoid sugary snacks, smoking, alcohol, drugs, overeating and caffeine.
~Learn to relax through meditation, prayer and deep breathing.
~Physical contact with loved ones reduces stress. Social interaction is important.
~Find time to be alone for a little while each day.
~Talk to a friend or family member.
It's important that we be kind to ourselves, we only have one shot at this! Remember: it is always ok to say NO, we live in a YES society. Sometimes saying NO can be so liberating. Try it once!