Keep a positive attitude Accept that there are events that you cannot control Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive or passive Learn to manage your time more effectively Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life Make time for hobbies and interests. Take a walk. Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress. Drugs and alcohol can stress your body even more Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you love Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management to learn more healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.