These 101 ways of coping with stress are amazing

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    Right, now that you’re at your desk, count how many times you’ve already felt stressed this morning. Think about accidentally snoozing the alarm so you’re running late, not being able to find your keys, squashing onto public transport or hitting traffic jams, spilling the coffee you buy on the way in, arriving to a mountain of emails…And that’s just the start of the day.

    Stress is something we all have to contend with, so any tips on how to deal with it always go down well. Which is why Californian high school student Alina Ramirez’s recent tweet has gone viral.

    Alina tweeted a copy of a handout from her psychology teacher, Brett Phillips, who had written 101 ways to cope with stress. Sure, some of the suggestions are a little out there (‘tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin’?…er, no thanks) but the majority of them are actually pretty useful. In fact, there’s definitely a few tips which we could all try and take on board. Scheduling playtime every day, for example, seems like an excellent idea to us.

    Puppy Tilting Its Head

    Want to see the suggestions for yourself? Here is the full list below:

    1. Get up 15 minutes earlier
    2. Prepare for the morning the night before
    3. Avoid tight fitting clothes
    4. Avoid relying on chemical aids
    5. Set appointments ahead
    6. Don’t rely on your memory – write it down
    7. Practice preventative maintenance
    8. Make duplicate keys
    9. Say ‘no’ more often
    10. Set priorities in your life
    11. Avoid negative people
    12. Use time wisely
    13. Simplify meal times
    14. Always make copies of important papers
    15. Anticipate your needs
    16. Repair anything that doesn’t work properly
    17. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike
    18. Break large tasks into bite size portions
    19. Look at problems as challenges
    20. Look at challenges differently
    21. Unclutter your life
    22. Smile
    23. Be prepared for rain
    24. Tickle a baby
    25. Pet a friendly dog or cat
    26. Don’t know all the answers
    27. Look for a silver lining
    28. Say something nice to someone
    29. Teach a kid to fly a kite
    30. Walk in the rain
    31. Schedule play time into every day
    32. Take a bubble bath
    33. Be aware of the decisions you make
    34. Believe in yourself
    35. Stop saying negative things to yourself
    36. Visualize yourself winning
    37. Develop your sense of humour
    38. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today
    39. Have goals for yourself
    40. Dance a jog
    41. Say ‘hello’ to a stranger
    42. Ask a friend for a hug
    43. Look up at the stars
    44. Practice breathing slowly
    45. Learn to whistle a tune
    46. Read a poem
    47. Listen to a symphony
    48. Watch a ballet
    49. Read a story curled up in bed
    50. Do a brand new thing
    51. Stop a bad habit
    52. Buy yourself a flower
    53. Take time to smell the flowers
    54. Find support from others
    55. Ask someone to be your ‘vent-partner’
    56. Do it today
    57. Work at being cheerful and optimistic
    58. Put safety first
    59. Do everything in moderation
    60. Pay attention to your appearance
    61. Strive for excellence NOT perfection
    62. Stretch you limits a little each day
    63. Look at a work of art
    64. Hum a jingle
    65. Maintain your weight
    66. Plant a tree
    67. Feed the birds
    68. Practise grace under pressure
    69. Stand up and stretch
    70. Always have a plan ‘B’
    71. Learn a new doodle
    72. Memorize a joke
    73. Be responsible for your feelings
    74. Learn to meet your own needs
    75. Become a better listener
    76. Know your limitations and let others know them too
    77. Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin
    78. Throw a paper airplane
    79. Exercise every day
    80. Learn the words to a new song
    81. Get to work early
    82. Clean out one closet
    83. Play patty cake with a toddler
    84. Go on a picnic
    85. Take a different route to work
    86. Leave work early (with permission)
    87. Put air freshener in your car
    88. Watch a movie and eat popcorn
    89. Write a note to a far away friend
    90. Go to a ball game and scream
    91. Cool and meal and eat it by candlelight
    92. Recognize the importance of unconditional love
    93. Remember that stress is an attitude
    94. Keep a journal
    95. Practice a monster smile
    96. Remember that you always have options
    97. Have a support network of people, places and things
    98. Quit trying to fix other people
    99. Get enough sleep
    100. Talk less and listen more
    101. Freely praise other people


    BONUS: Relax, take each day at a time…you have the rest of your life to live


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