DEALING WITH STRESS

PROBLEM-SOLVING TECHNIQUES
– decide what aspects of your situation are within your control and can be changed
– break down problems into small steps that are concrete and attainable
– reduce commitments or ask for help in sharing the load
– be assertive when negotiating new commitments
– take regular breaks and reward yourself for each step forward

REDUCING VULNERABILITY TO STRESS
– complete one task at a time rather than multi-tasking
– practice mindfulness and attention-shifting techniques
– pay attention to diet, sleep and exercise
– have a medical check-up if you are concerned about your health

LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE
– examine your priorities and whether you are getting satisfaction
– challenge beliefs about having little control over your life
live according to your values rather than focusing on success

SEE ALSO
– Diathesis–Stress Model
– How to Deal with Stress