Myth: Diet, exercise, and sleep are cure-alls.
The classic healthy trifecta of eating well, working out, and getting enough sleep can absolutely help you treat and prevent stress, but we need to be more realistic about this. "People give that kind of advice all the time, and it's easier said than done," says Ballard. Trying to perfect all these major parts of your life at once can cause more stress than it quells. A better idea is to make positive changes slowly while making sure you get the support you need to succeed.