Stress Management and Self Determination -Managing stress from day to day and how it helps you maintain self- determination Managing stress from day to day is something we all have to learn. While we have to learn to manage stress, keep in mind that we cannot terminate stress forever. You need to learn to thrive on stress and stay in control on a daily basis. Learning to thrive on daily stress is hard for some people. There are ways to relieve some stress to stay in control of our daily actions and thoughts. If you lose control, stress will take over and can be lead to major health problems. Start today and practice skills to help relieve daily stress before it has a change to rule your life. Use guides to help you find solutions with relieving stress. Set up an exercise plan to relieve your joints and muscles of excessive stress that builds up when you do not stay active. Create a plan. Plan to exercise three or four days each week. The new activities will help you to feel like a new person. Outline your plan to exercise three times a week and set some goals so that you have a purpose in mind. Write down why you want to exercise and what you plan to do to reach you goal. For instance, perhaps you can devise a plan to walk three blocks the first week, six blocks the second week and so on. Keep your goals in sight and thrives to meet that five-mile distance in six weeks. While you are working, your way to reach the five-mile goal, plan to relax daily to give your mind and body a break. Practice meditation to guide your body and mind to relaxation so that you sleep better. By sleeping more restfully at night when you wake up in the mornings, you will be glad to see a new day arrive. Use your goals as a guide to relieve daily stress build up. With written goals to make certain changes in your life will relieve stress and help you to make better decisions. Control stress so that you learn to feel at ease each day, which in turn will help you make better decisions. Reduce stress that you have control of and let go of the stressors that you do not have the power to change. Use your calendar as a guide to plan outside daily activities. Include your appointments and activities, marking them in red lettering. Set up a schedule and mark it on your calendar. You can use your guide to keep your goals in mind. The workplace can be very stressful for all of us. Practice focusing on work and leave other stressors at home. Stop and refocus when you feel pressured. Focusing is a form of meditation that takes practice and skill. So practice daily to relieve stress by learning how to focus on one task at a time. We all have to work to be successful in our lives; learn to focus so that you do a good job. Use your imagination to relieve daily stress. After a long stressful day at work and then managing all the errands at home, it makes sleeping almost impossible. Find a quiet dark room or area where you can be alone and light some candles. Let you imagination take you off to an island somewhere, be creative and listen to the trees move or imagine you see butterflies. Allow your guided imagination to take you on a road trip where peace rests at the end of the journey.