You can&rsquo;t avoid stress, but you can prepare. Dr. Bruce Rabin, medical director of the Healthy Lifestyle Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, offered these tips.Chronic stress: How you cope depends a lot on how you go about your everyday life. Take time for meaningful reflection. Look on the bright side. Have a sense of humor, including about yourself. Socialize with people you like. And don&rsquo;t just sit there &mdash; move.Acute stress: That sudden, sink-or-swim kind of stress calls for special measures. Rabin recommended three: deep breathing, finding something to laugh about, and chanting to yourself.You have to ready these coping tools in advance so you can draw on them in the heat of the moment, when acute stress strikes. Sometime when you&rsquo;re feeling calm, take time to practice deep breathing, memorize a list of things you find funny or compose a chant you find relaxing.