8 STEPS TO STRESS-PROOF YOUR DAY

  • 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