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Handbook 10-02
October 2009

Stress Relief

What can I do when I begin to feel overwhelmed in the IET environment?

When you feel yourself getting worked up: STOP! Take slow, deep breaths to calm yourself down. Here are some more practice tips to keep stress levels down.


Stress tips

Feel good about yourself

If you want to bring down your level of stress in a matter of minutes, these techniques will help you. Use them as needed to feel better quickly; practice them regularly over time and gain even greater benefits.

  • Deep breathing from the abdomen
  • Prayer / Meditation
  • Use humor and laugh
  • Progressive muscular relaxation
  • Listening to light music
  • Practicing yoga
  • Aerobic exercises
  • Creative visualization

Take care of your body

When we're stressed, we don't always take care of our bodies, which can lead to even more stress. Here are some important ways to take care of yourself and keep stress levels lower.

  • Eat balanced meals (www.mypyramid.gov)
  • Have six to eight hours of regular sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Develop a hobby
  • Develop the right attitude by always thinking positively
  • Stay well-hydrated


 

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