A to Z of stress management: - Always take time for yourself, at least 30 minutes per day. - Be aware of your own stress meter: Know when to step back and cool down. - Concentrate on controlling your own situation, without controlling everybody else. - Daily exercise will burn off the stress chemicals. - Eat lots of fresh fruit, veggies, bread and water, give your body the best for it to perform at its best. - Forgive others, don't hold grudges and be tolerant -- not everyone is as capable as you. - Gain perspective on things, how important is the issue? - Hugs, kisses and laughter: Have fun and don't be afraid to share your feelings with others. - Identify stressors and plan to deal with them better next time. - Judge your own performance realistically; don't set goals out of your own reach. - Keep a positive attitude, your outlook will influence outcomes and the way others treat you. - Limit alcohol, drugs and other stimulants, they affect your perception and behaviour. - Manage money well, seek advice and save at least 10 per cent of what you earn. - No is a word you need to learn to use without feeling guilty. - Outdoor activities by yourself, or with friends and family, can be a great way to relax. - Play your favourite music rather than watching television. - Quit smoking: It is stressing your body daily, not to mention killing you too. - Relationships: Nurture and enjoy them, learn to listen more and talk less. - Sleep well, with a firm mattress and a supportive pillow; don't overheat yourself and allow plenty of ventilation. - Treat yourself once a week with a massage, dinner out, the movies: Moderation is the key. - Understand things from the other person's point of view. - Verify information from the source before exploding. - Worry less, it really does not get things completed better or quicker. - Xpress: Make a regular retreat to your favourite space, make holidays part of your yearly plan and budget. - Yearly goal setting: Plan what you want to achieve based on your priorities in your career, relationships, etc. - Zest for life: Each day is a gift, smile and be thankful that you are a part of the bigger picture.