List the things that cause you stress. Reframe things in the context of a larger positive plan. Recognize that troubles are temporary. Highlight the unavoidable responsibilities. Perfectionism only leads to stress. Know your limits physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. When faced with a large task, break it down into smaller tasks. l Enjoyment of life prolongs life and reduces stress. Exercise. Avoid sugary snacks, smoking, alcohol, drugs, overeating and caffeine. Learn to relax through meditation, prayer and deep breathing. l Physical contact with loved ones reduces stress. Social interaction is important. Find time to be alone for a little while each day. Talk to a friend or family member. My new stress reliever is Pilates.