Tips For Managing Stress

Tips for coping with stress from Dr. Rodgers and Dr. Gordon.

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DR. RODGERS: Stress can take a toll on your health. That’s why it’s important to find ways to manage stress.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Joshua Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health at NIH explains:

DR. GORDON: The effects of stress can build up over time. It’s important to recognize signs of stress, including problems sleeping, being easily angered, increasing substance use, and feeling depressed.

Here are some ways to help cope with stress:

  • First, be active. Just 30 minutes a day of walking can help boost your mood and reduce stress.
  • Or, try a relaxing activity like meditation or yoga.
  • Set goals and priorities. Decide what must get done and what can wait. Think about what you’ve accomplished; not what you haven’t been able to do.
  • Finally, stay connected with friends and family who can provide emotional support.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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