Taking care of yourself means learning resilience—the ability to bounce back from tough times—and focusing more on your assets than your liabilities. It means knowing that while you can’t always control the circumstances in your life, you do have control over how you interpret and respond to them. It means developing a positive attitude and a sense of purpose.
If you are successful in taking care of yourself, it doesn’t mean that you will never feel stressed or anxious. There may be times when you feel terribly unhappy—and that’s okay. That’s life. That’s why the skills you use during the bad times will be helpful even after the bad times are over. They’re powerful skills for you to have every day.
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Release your endorphins.
Hug somebody, pet your pet, run.
Develop a Mantra
Come up with a phrase to calm you down or build you up, such as “I deserve respect” or “It’s going to be okay.” Repeat often. Affirmations or mantras can change thought patterns.
Learn relaxation techniques
Whether it’s thinking of a favorite song when you’re feeling stressed or just taking a deep breath to calm down. Try yoga, tai chi or meditation.
Accept your feelings.
Appreciate the simple fact that you are human.
Write it down.
Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
Although these appear to relieve tension, relying on them to cope will interfere with your judgment and endanger your health and resilience.
Move out of relationships that make you feel unsafe or encourage unhealthy habits.
Google “stress busters”.
Notice and take pleasure in the positive things people say about you.
You may not be able to identify your positive qualities but friends and trusted adults see you differently.
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When you find yourself stressing about past events or future concerns, focus on what matters right here and right now.
Embrace your imperfections.
Remember that no one is perfect. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Appreciate the fact that you are doing the best you can with what you have.
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Pump up your optimism.
This doesn’t mean ignoring the meaner parts of life. It just means focusing on the positive, looking for the best in a situation.
Find Others in Your Situation
If you are dealing with a particular issue, join a support group where you will find people who can empathize with what you’re experiencing, remind you that you’re not alone and inspire you with their successful coping.
Discover your talents and build on them.
Join a club or get involved in an activity with people who have similar interests.
Cry it out.
Some experts believe that crying is a great stress reliever. Let go of the past.
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Get to know yourself.
Know what’s good about you, what makes you unique.