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Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.

How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.

Develop a Stress-Relief
Action Plan

Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.

YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.

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Life's Little Holiday Stresses

It probably won't be big things that send you over the edge this holiday season. Chances are you won't be filing bankruptcy, undergoing surgery or doing anything else that registers high on your stress scale. Instead, it'll probably be an accumulation of small things that gets to you. One morning your car won't start. You'll drop a big glob of ketchup on your tie just before an important client meeting. Then the kids will forget to tell you until just before bed that they need a costume for international day at school tomorrow. At some point, these stresses may push you to the breaking point.

This season, prepare yourself to handle the small stresses. For starters, take care of your health since it's proven that doing so helps you handle stress better.

Let the following suggestions help you cope better with the pressures of this holiday season.
Develop a "battle plan" to combat exhaustion. Sleep seven to eight hours a night. Plot out specific times for fun activities. Exercise at least three times a week. Stick to a healthy eating plan.
Set aside some quiet time. Meditate, pray, read. The more hectic the day, the more important it is to take some recovery time. It's also a good idea to set aside some relaxing time with your family.
Do as much as you can ahead of time. Being organized can help you avoid many last-minute emergencies. Make to-do lists and follow them. Keep one calendar for your entire family, and insist that everyone list their activities on it. Delegate chores among family members.
Don't take on too much. You often can feel it in the pit of your stomach when you say "yes" and should be saying "no." Disciplining yourself to say no more often can ease lots of stress.
Look for some activities to cut back on this time of year. Maybe you can miss your investment club meeting this month. Or maybe you shouldn't be the one to host your extended family Christmas dinner this year. Anything you can cut out when things are hectic can sometimes make a big difference in your peace of mind.
Cut back on caffeine, alcohol and smoking. Caffeinated drinks, alcohol and nicotine all can affect your overall feeling of well-being.
Have a positive outlook. Sometimes there's nothing you can do to prevent small mishaps and misunderstandings. Decide you're going to take your portion as graciously as possible. Even if you can't help but be angry or stressed about something, try not to let the problem fester.
Look for laughter. Being able to see the lighter side of life can help keep you less vulnerable to stresses that build up.

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