Work out a plan with attainable goals and a time line for reaching those goals. If you prepare ahead of time for important events and make contingency plans, you may not have to cope with as much stress later. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Is the source of stress in the past, present, or future? You cant change the past, but you can respond to the present and prepare for the future. Let your past troubles fade. and focus on the important things. Your life is precious, so let not the extraneous things interfere with more important things in your life.