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Antidotes to Stress



Review important connections in your life

Think about your family, friends, and other contacts. If you have neglected some due to demands and stress, reestablish contact. Decide how you might be able to revive valued friendships and associations that may have weakened with time.

Connect with someone from your network

Pick up the phone or write an e-mail. Set a goal of maintaining (or re-initiating) contact with family and friends. It is okay to start small. Try to make one phone call or send one e-mail a week to someone whose friendship you value.

Provide support to others

Providing support to others is a give and take activity. Show your willingness to support others, when you are able. And, reach out to take support and care from others, when you need it.

Learn something new

If you are far away from your friends and family, learning something new can be a valuable way to connect with others who share your interests. Most cities and towns offer evening continuing education courses ranging from academic offerings to hobbies and skills development.

Engage in structured physical activity

Joining a sports team, or regular participation in sports, yoga, or an exercise program, can also provide a way to develop contacts with people who share your interests. Plus, your health and mood will benefit from the physical exercise.


Whether once a week, once a month, or just once in a while, volunteering for a charity project helps you focus outside yourself and your stress. You will also come in contact with others who share your desire to help out.

Join a club, professional association, or other organization

If the idea of a formal structure appeals to you, you can join a book club, religious organization, political club, or any other organized group that shares the same interests or passions that you have.




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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