Tips to help you control stress before it controls you

Make sure to think "pace" not "race"

NEW YORK (CNN) – What do laughter, exercise and getting a good night’s sleep have in common? Besides making us feel good, they are also all “healthy habits” that can help control stress.

Here’s a few you may want to practice, if you don’t already.

First, take charge of your own health. “The thing that I see that people could do more of is making sure they take care of themselves.”

That includes getting enough rest. If we can get regular sleep that will do an awful lot to how clearly you think, and your ability to function.

Speaking of functioning, get moving. Certainly an exercise regimen allows us a regular period of time where it’s just us- where we can be physically active and also be clearing our mind.

However, you don’t have to go it all alone.  Lean on family and friends for support.

Sometimes all you need is a different perspective, a different way of seeing things to alleviate the things that you’re stressing about.

Other positive coping mechanisms:

  • Laugh, whether with others or alone, let go
  • Volunteer, helping others feel good produces feelings of satisfaction
  • Slow down, think “pace” not “race”

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