Sitting among a small group of nervous peers as a college freshman, I anxiously awaited the arrival of a man revered throughout the school for his excellence in achievement and esteemed wisdom.

“What advice would you give new freshman as we face all the choices and uncertainties ahead of us?”

His reply was simple and strong, “Take one bite out of the apple at a time.”

No more, no less. A perfect stress buster for the moment and for all the moments of my life to come.

Now that I’ve been in the working world for 40 years, I’ve added a few more stressbusters to maintain a healthy life.

Help yourself!

  1. Change your priorities
  2. Take stretch breaks
  3. Step back and observe
  4. Review your purpose
  5. Get a massage
  6. Leave five minutes earlier
  7. See a comedy
  8. Let go and let God!
  9. Use affirmations
  10. Organize your space
  11. Share your feelings
  12. Smell some flowers
  13. Ask for acknowledgment
  14. Listen to your intuition
  15. Help someone else
  16. Rub your feet and hands
  17. Visualize positive outcomes
  18. Take care of your health
  19. Don’t judge; bless
  20. Work in the garden
  21. Create a budget
  22. Be empathetic, not overly sensitive
  23. Be still and meditate
  24. Use time-saving technology
  25. Carpool and enjoy the ride
  26. Set aside time for planning
  27. Count your blessings
  28. Don’t forget, write it down
  29. Simplify, simplify, simplify
  30. Talk it out with coworkers
  31. Eliminate destructive self-talk
  32. Schedule play time
  33. Change your environment
  34. Go with your natural rhythms
  35. Find an easy place to give your gifts
  36. Fully express yourself
  37. View problems as opportunities
  38. Let go of “what ifs”
  39. Be clear what’s expected of you
  40. Ask the experts
  41. Do your best and then stop
  42. Trust Divine timing and order
  43. Develop patience
  44. Breathe deeply
  45. Take a walk
  46. Complete things
  47. Take a nap
  48. Sing a tune
  49. Take a warm bath
  50. Talk out your worries
  51. Delegate
  52. Talk with your mom or dad
  53. Say no at times
  54. Shift deadlines
  55. Follow your passion
  56. Tell a joke
  57. Play out your fears
  58. Drink lots of good water
  59. Create a support system
  60. Divide up big projects
  61. Seek advice
  62. Be gentle with yourself
  63. Don’t enable others
  1. Pray for openings
  2. Tell the truth
  3. Get more restful sleep
  4. Forgive and move on
  5. Prepare food ahead
  6. Fix it or get a new one
  7. Be prepared to wait
  8. Don’t always be right
  9. Focus on the moment
  10. Take a lunch break
  11. Read a book
  12. Shift your attitude
  13. Laugh each day
  14. Develop self-esteem
  15. Take vitamin supplements
  16. Stop the “I should”
  17. Avoid excess
  18. Plan a special outing
  19. See through illusions
  20. Relax your muscles
  21. Slow down and notice
  22. Nurture good friends
  23. Be in nature
  24. Listen to music
  25. Limit caffeine and sugar
  26. Go on a fast or cleanse
  27. Be spontaneous
  28. Love your partner
  29. Get some fresh air
  30. Be pampered
  31. Volunteer
  32. Join help networks
  33. Maintain good posture
  34. Respect your limits
  35. Exercise routinely
  36. Go dancing
  37. Sigh occasionally
  38. Do yoga
  39. Have a good cry
  40. Make time for hobbies
  41. Limit work time
  42. Compromise/cooperate
  43. Don’t procrastinate
  44. Unplug your phone/TV
  45. Relax your standards
  46. Journal your thoughts
  47. Take a vacation
  48. Organize your desk
  49. Develop flexibility
  50. Allow for imperfections
  51. Don’t overschedule
  52. Expose your secrets
  53. Build a strong body
  54. Nurture your faith
  55. Open a savings account
  56. Take in the sun
  57. Love and be loved
  58. Get the facts
  59. Work as a team
  60. Smile—open your heart
  61. Validate yourself
  62. Daydream