Health Tip: Keep Stress at Bay

Sept. 16 -- (HealthDay News) -- Some stress is unavoidable, but there are things you can do to prevent stress from taking over your life and making health problems worse.

The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions:

  • Stick to a healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, avoid smoking and limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Don't allow others to make demands or set expectations for you. Say no, and don't be afraid to stand up for yourself.
  • Take time every day just to relax.
  • Set realistic goals and expectations for yourself, but understand that you can't control everything.
  • Figure out what causes you stress in your life. Eliminate what you can, and learn how to manage other sources of stress.
  • Remind yourself of what you do well and successes that you've had.