In times of stress, try:

  • Keep active: exercise is a great release.
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eat a nutritious diet.
  • Learn to manage your time.
  • Avoid self-medication.
  • Seek help and comfort from loved ones.

Take a deep breath

Rapid, shallow breathing is a common response to stress and one that often makes the situation worse. Breathing slowly, controlled and through your nose can help you relax and overcome periods of stress.

Controlled breathing can help:

  • Lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Reduce stress hormones in the blood.
  • Improving the immune system