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May Public Education Tip

When the news these days is filled with stressful talk of illness, the economy, and the wars overseas, taking care of ourselves can become the last thing on our minds...but it remains the most important. When we are healthy, we are better able to cope with stress. "Staying resilient" is one answer to the question, "How do I care for myself in these stressful times?" A good place to start when trying to develop resilience is to avoid seeing crises as insurmountable. You can't change the fact that highly stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events. Try looking beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better. Note subtle ways in which you might feel better as you deal with difficult situations. And take action where you can, rather than trying to avoid difficult situations.

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