We all know that too much stress is bad for you, but how do you avoid it? The path to a more stress-free life might be easier to find than you think.

  • Strive to do your best.
  • Stay out of pointless drama. When you hear someone spreading rumors or gossip try to head the other way.
  • Eat Right.
  • Get Enough Sleep
  • Manage your time. Be realistic on how long it takes you to get ready in the morning. If you're not sure, time yourself. Set your alarm the night before. Give yourself time to get ready without rushing around and being late.
  • Learn to be assertive.
  • Work with others. In the adult business world this is called being collaborative. It's an important skill for all ages, on the playground and in the board room.
  • Accept the things you cannot change. So you're really looking forward to an outdoor activity this weekend, but the weather forecast keeps changing. You can't change the weather, but you can hope for the best—and have a back-up plan just in case!
  • Accept Criticism. This means that you can learn from the pointers that your teacher gives you or your coach's suggestions on how you can improve.
  • Respect Diversity. There are many people in the world and we can learn valuable lessons from their wisdom and experience.
  • Take control of the way you look at things. Is the glass half-empty or half-full? When things get bad, look at the bright side or view it as an opportunity—it will give you the courage & hope to keep moving forward.

A final tip for avoiding a stressful life: Avoid using substances or other negative ways of coping with your stress. When people are stressed out and overwhelmed, they will sometimes turn to quick (and ultimately negative) ways to cope. These things may provide temporary relief but in the end they will likely create more stress and bigger problems. Instead, focus on positive coping skills and self-care, to get lasting relief from the stress you are facing.