Tips to Reduce Stress

By Elizabeth Sukys-Rice

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” 

― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

Stress seems to be a constant in our day to day so learning how to reduce stress is essential to our overall wellbeing. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, everyone feels stressed from time to time. Some people may cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events more quickly than others. There are different types of stress—all of which carry physical and mental health risks. A stressor may be a one time or short term occurrence, or it can be an occurrence that keeps happening over a long period of time. Here are some tips to reduce stress.

  • Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful
  • Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.
  • Don’t rely on your memory. Write down appointment times, when to pice up the dry-cleaning, when library books are due. etc. (“The palest ink is better than the more retentive memory”-Old Chinese Proverb)
  • Do nothing which, after being done leads you to tell a lie.
  • Make duplicates of keys. Bury a hose key in a secret spot in the garden and carry a duplicate car key apart from your key ring.
  • Practice preventive maintenance. Your car, appliances, home and relationships with be less likely to break down/fall apart “at worst possible moment”.
  • Be prepared to wait. A paperback book or digital copy can make a wait in a post office line or the doctors office almost pleasant.
  • Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you want to do tomorrow do today, whatever you want to do today, do it not.
  • Plan ahead. Don’t let the gas tank get below one-quarter full, keep a well-stocked “emergency shelf: of home staples, don’t wait until until you are down to the last postage stamp to buy more. 
  • Don’t put up with something that doesn’t work right. If your alarm clock, windshield wipers, shoe laces – whatever – are a constant aggravation get them fixed or get new ones.

Portions of this Blog provided by the following resources. “52 Proven Stress Reducers” and nimh.nih.gov 

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