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We all have our own ways of living a life that is meaningful to us. However, when we are not feeling ourselves or feeling stressed, it’s important to have healthy methods for coping. Here are actions you can take to build your wellness, and resources to help you make it through challenging times.

Keep yourself healthy

  • Eat healthy foods and drink water
  • Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
  • Do not use tobacco or illegal drugs
  • Get enough sleep and rest
  • Get physical exercise.


Use practical ways to relax

  • Relax your body often by doing the things that work for you — take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, engage in pleasurable hobbies, or even do something as simple as washing your face and hands
  • Pace yourself between stressful activities and do a fun thing after a hard task
  • Use time off to relax — eat a good meal, read, listen to music, or talk to family
  • Talk about your feelings to loved ones and friends often.

Pay attention to your body, feelings and spirit

  • Recognize and heed early warning signs of stress
  • Recognize how your own past experiences affect your way of handling this event and think of how you handled past events. Focus on the ways you handled them well
  • Know that feeling stressed, depressed, guilty or angry is common after a traumatic event
  • Take time to renew your spirit through meditation, prayer or helping others in need.

More information on how to manage stress (PDF)
Information for children (PDF)


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