Develop a Stress Management Plan
Develop a personal stress management plan by monitoring for a week what causes you stress. Keep a diary. Then experiment with stress management techniques. A jog around the block that you normally take may offer relief from the aftermath of a distasteful conflict at work today, but would a discussion with a good friend be better? There are many techniques for managing stress—physical exercise, leisure pursuits, creative writing, a massage, or even new beliefs about the nature of a problem that give you a more resilient attitude about it. Find a practical list of strategies online, or check out these ideas from Reader’s Digest.