# P RO T E C T UR S E L F I E Create positive ways to deal with stress that are alcohol- and drug-free.
Think through the situation. What do you feel you have control over and what do you feel is out of your control? What are other approaches to the problem that you can control? What potential opportunities could this situation create? Create a plan on how you will prepare for the future once you get past this situation. Focus on what you can control.
Exercise and get your body moving. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Get enough sleep. Take care of your body.
Take deep breaths. Science shows that repeating deep, slow breaths can help reduce anxiety and make you feel calmer.
Take care of your mind.
Journal. Writing things down can help relieve tension and help you sort through your thoughts. Focus on the good stuff! Take hold of positive thoughts and release the negative ones. Think about the opportunities and solutions versus the limitations and problems.
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