101 Ways to Cope with Stress

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier
  • Prepare for the morning the night before
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes
  • Set appointments ahead of time
  • Don’t rely on your memory…write it down
  • Practice preventative maintenance
  • Make duplicate keys
  • Say no more often
  • Set priorities in your life
  • Avoid negative people
  • Use time wisely
  • Simplify meal times
  • Always make copies of important papers
  • Anticipate your needs
  • Repair anything that doesn’t work properly
  • Ask for help with jobs you dislike
  • Break large tasks into bite sized portions
  • Look at problems as challenges
  • Look at challenges differently
  • Unclutter your life
  • Smile
  • Be prepared for rain
  • Take vitamins
  • Pet a friendly dog/cat
  • Don’t know all the answers
  • Look for the silver lining
  • Say something nice to someone
  • Play a board game
  • Walk in the rain
  • Schedule play time into every day
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Be aware of the decisions you make
  • Believe in yourself
  • Stop saying negative things to yourself
  • Visualize yourself winning
  • Develop your sense of humor
  • Have goals for yourself
  • Remember tomorrow will be another day
  • Stop a bad habit
  • Dance
  • Say hello to a stranger
  • Ask a friend for a hug
  • Look up at the stars
  • Practice breathing slowly
  • Learn to whistle a tune
  • Read a poem
  • Listen to a symphony
  • Watch ballet
  • Read a story curled up in bed
  • Do a brand new thing
  • Buy yourself flowers
  • Take time to smell the flowers
  • Find support from others
  • Ask someone to be your “vent” partner
  • Do it today
  • Work at being cheerful and optimistic
  • Put safety first
  • Do everything in moderation
  • Strive for excellence, NOT perfection
  • Stretch your limits a little each day
  • Look at a work of art
  • Visualize yourself in your dream vacation
  • Maintain your weight
  • Prioritize
  • Feed the birds
  • Practice grace under pressure
  • Stand up and stretch
  • Always have a plan “B”
  • Learn a new doodle
  • Memorize a joke
  • Be responsible for your feelings
  • Learn to meet your own needs
  • Become a better listener
  • Know your limitations
  • Keep things in perspective
  • Throw a paper airplane
  • Exercise every day
  • Learn the words to a new song
  • Get to work early
  • Clean out one closet
  • Play with a baby
  • Go on a picnic
  • Take a different route to work
  • Pause to regroup
  • Put air freshener in your car
  • Watch a movie and eat popcorn
  • Write a note to a far-away friend
  • Learn to meditate
  • Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
  • Recognize importance of unconditional love
  • Remember that stress is an attitude
  • Keep a journal
  • Freely praise other people
  • Remember you always have options
  • Have a support network
  • Stop trying to “fix” other people
  • Get enough sleep
  • Talk less and listen more