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Some coping tips

Once you’ve figured out which thoughts are unrealistic or relate to circumstances you can't change, try replacing them with thoughts that are more realistic and more positive. Think about statements you can tell yourself to relax yourself.

  • Accept that life is unpredictable.
  • Procrastinate when it comes to worrying. This allows you to have greater control over your anxious thoughts. Set aside a period of time when you can look at what's worrying you calmly.
  • Beware of overly critical thinking.

Working on behaviors

If you’ve identified unhealthy behaviors (like drinking, overeating, etc), try replacing them with healthy behaviors . Take care of yourself!

  • Reach out for support from family friends, and even online support groups
  • Try to eat healthy and avoid too much caffeine and sugar
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Get enough sleep
  • Find stress-relieving techniques that work for you

Additional Resources


This site provides some general information on the relationships between stress and health. Your individual situation is unique. Your health care provider is best suited to work with you on a health care strategy that fits your needs. Content on this site was written by Dianne Rees, JD, PhD (last updated December, 9, 2009) and is not sponsored by third parties.