Tips to Manage Stress

  • Tune in to music. Music calms the brain, inspires creativity and helps you focus your thoughts so you're more productive.

  • Get a pet. Taking care of a pet helps you feel responsible, wanted and needed. A dog that requires walking will also prompt you to get regular exercise.

  • Get plenty of sleep and avoid caffeine, alcohol and drugs to help you relax that have not been prescribed for you.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet.

  • Laugh a lot. Deep, hearty laughter boosts the immune system and produces endorphins, which are natural painkillers.

  • Slow down. It's important to have passion for your work, but you also need time for yourself, your family and your community. Accept that life isn't always perfect. Learn to deal with the occasional rough spots and move on.