Float Your Stress Away

Take Care of Your Body

  • Get 8-9 hours of sleep on a regular schedule
  • Maintain a properly balanced diet
  • Avoid or reduce alcohol and caffeine intake
  • Aerobic exercise for 20-30 min, at least 3 times week
  • Massage, sauna, or relaxing bath
  • Get a medical checkup

Take Care with your Communication

  • Reflect before expressing anger
  • Avoid building up resentment
  • Be direct instead of using jokes or sarcasm
  • Use “I” statements
  • Be assertive without being aggressive or passive
  • Listen, do not interrupt

Take Care with your Time

  • Set goals and prioritize (life priorities, not just academics and work)
  • Overcome procrastination
  • Delegate responsibility
  • Avoid polyphasic activity
  • Do not overextend yourself; pace yourself
  • Be realistic about deadlines and what you can accomplish

Allow Others to Take Care of You

  • You help others; why not let others help you?
  • Spend time with kind and respectful friends and significant others
  • Don’t bottle up tension
  • Talk to a supportive friend, clergy, or counselor
  • Prayer and spiritual support

Take Care with Systematic Relaxation

Take Care with Cognitive Restructuring

  • Challenge dysfunctional thinking
  • Let go of perfectionism
  • Reexamine excessive guilt, self-blame
  • Confront your fear of failure or fear of success
  • Recognize and accept personal limits
  • Your self worth isn’t based on your achievements
  • Counselors can teach cognitive restructuring