16 tips to manage stress

How well do you manage stress in your life? Here are some tips to help you deal with stress in a healthy and effective way:

  • Effective time management, planning and organisation
  • Relax – have breaks during the day, especially at work
  • Accept your circumstances and do not compare yourself to another individual – you are unique
  • Exercise - the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA recommends that an adult exercise at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes
  • Reduce excess weight – follow a healthy well balanced eating plan
  • Drink lots of water
  • Develop a positive outlook – confess positive affirmations
  • Set boundaries in your life
  • Develop routine and structure
  • Sleep for at least 6 hours
  • Avoid addictions i.e. TV, drug, alcohol, etc.
  • Try aromatherapy or massages
  • Have realistic goals
  • Don’t be a people pleaser – learn to say NO
  • Recognise what you can change – don’t waste time with the “if only’s”, the past is the past
  • Have a great support network (friends)

The more you can do to find healthy ways of managing stress today, the better your life and heart will be.

- (The Heart and Stroke Foundation, August 2010)

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