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Holistic-online.com Stress Management

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Ways to cope with stress 

By Kathleen Whitmer, Akron, Ohio

[Webmaster's Note: Kathleen Whitmer is a charming woman who is a living proof that good attitudes can be good medicine. She is a cancer and heart transplant surviver. She refused to "pack-up" in front of adversities and took an active role in her healing. She is an author as well as a volunteer helping other cancer victims cope with their disease. She also speaks regularly about stress, cancer and happiness. Here is a list of things you can do to manage stress as suggested by Kathleen.]

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Get up 15 minutes earlier.

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Prepare for the morning the night before. 

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Avoid tight fitting clothes. 

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Set appointments ahead.

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Don't rely on your memory...write it down. 

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Practice, preventative maintenance. 

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Make duplicate keys. 

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Say no more often.

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Set priorities in your life.

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Avoid negative people.

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Use time wisely. 

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Simplify meals.

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Always make copies of important papers.

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Anticipate your needs.

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Repair anything that doesn't work properly.

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Ask for help with the jobs you dislike. 

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Break large tasks into bite size portions. 

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Look at problems as challenges. 

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Look at challenges differently.

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Unclutter your life.

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Smile

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Be prepared for rain. 

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Pet a friendly dog/cat. 

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Don't know all the answers. 

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Look for the silver living. 

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Say something nice to someone.

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Walk in the rain. 

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Schedule play time into every day.

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Take a bubble bath.

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Believe in you. 

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Stop saying negative things to yourself. 

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Visualize yourselves winning. 

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Develop your sense of humor. 

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Stop thinking that tomorrow will be better than today.

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Have goals for yourself.

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Say hello to a stranger. 

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Ask a friend for a hug. 

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Look up at the stars.

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Practice breathing slowly. 

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Learn to whistle a tune.

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Read a poem. 

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Listen to a symphony.

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Watch a ballet. 

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Read a story curled up in bed. 

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Do a brand new thing. 

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Stop a bad habit.

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Buy yourself a flower.

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Take stock in your achievements.

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Find support from others. 

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Ask someone to be your "vent" partner. 

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Do it today.

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Work at being cheerful and optimistic. 

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Put safety first. 

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Do everything in moderation. 

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Pay attention to your appearance.

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Strive for excellence, not perfection.

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Stretch your limits each day.

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Look at a work of art. 

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Hum a jingle. 

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Maintain your weight. 

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Plant a tree. 

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Feed the birds. 

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Practice grace under pressure.

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Stand up and stretch.

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Always have a "plan B." 

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Learn a new doodle. 

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Memorize a joke.

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Be responsible for your feelings.

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Learn to meet your own needs. 

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Become a better listener.

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Know your limitations and let others know them too.

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Throw a paper airplane.

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Learn the words to a new song. 

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Get to work early. 

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Clean out one closet. 

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Play patty cake with a toddler. 

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Go on a picnic. 

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Take different route to work. 

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Leave work early (with permission). 

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Put air freshener in your car. 

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Watch a movie and eat popcorn.

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Write a note to a faraway friend. 

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Go to a ball game and scream.

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Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight.

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Recognize the importance of unconditional love.

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Remember that stress is an attitude.

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Keep a journal.

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Have a support network of people, places and things.

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Quit trying to "fix" other people.

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Get enough sleep.

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Talk less and listen more.

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Freely praise other people.

Relax, take each day at a time .. You have the rest of your life to live.

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