How to Better Handle Stress

By: Carl Azuz, CNN
By: Carl Azuz, CNN

What do laughter, exercise and getting a good night's sleep have in common? Besides making us feel good, they are also all healthy habits that can help control stress.

Here's a few you may want to practice, if you don't already.
First, take charge of your own health.

"The thing that I see that people could do more of is making sure they take care of themselves," said cardiologist, Dr. Winston Gandy.

That includes getting enough rest.

"If we can get regular sleep that will do an awful lot to how clearly you think," Gandy said.

Your ability to function is key. And experts suggest, get moving.

"Certainly an exercise regimen allows us a regular period of time where it's just us, where we can be physically active and also be clearing our mind," said Gandy.
But, you don't have to go it all alone. Lean on family and friends for support.

"Sometimes all you need is a different perspective, a different way of seeing things to alleviate the things that you're stressing about," Gandy said.

Other positive coping mechanisms? Laugh, whether with others or alone. Volunteer. Helping others feels good and produces feelings of satisfaction. And slow down. Think pace, not race.

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