1. Pay attention. Recognize signs that you are under stress. These could include trouble sleeping, difficulty getting to sleep, anger management, irritability, low energy, and feeling depressed.
  2. Regular exercise is a good idea. Walking for 30 minutes a day can improve your mood and decrease stress.
  3. Set aside time for relaxation.
  4. Get enough rest. Adults require 7 hours or more sleep each night. Teenagers require 8-10 hours of sleep per night, while school-age children need 9-12 hour.
  5. Establish goals and prioritize. Determine what needs to be done immediately and what can wait. If you feel overwhelmed, learn to say no to new tasks.
  6. Create a support network. Keep in touch with people who can offer emotional support.
  7. Be compassionate for yourself. Not what you have failed to do, but what you have accomplished.
  8. Get help. If you are unable to cope or have suicidal thoughts or use drugs or alcohol, talk to your doctor. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255 if you or someone you care about is experiencing crisis. Text “HOME” or call the Crisis Text Line at 741711.

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