- Reinterpret a negative experience. The grocery store cashier didn’t say thank you. Instead of thinking she’s being ungrateful, imagine she’s not feeling well.
- Do something nice for someone else. Studies show doing for others can make you calmer and happier.
- Jot down attainable goals for the week. Aim to achieve one every day.
- Build social support. Having social support in our daily lives can actually lessen physical and emotional pain.
- Notice at least one good thing you experience each day. Then expand on it by telling at least one person about it or writing it down.
- Meditate. Meditation can alter our brains. We can better regulate emotion and decrease fear.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation activates stress hormones.
- Exerciese regularly. Exercise reduces stress and enhances growth of new brain cells.
Source: Psychology Today. March 2012