ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Beyond Stressed? 5 Ways to Cope with Stress

Updated on October 5, 2012

When something dramatic changes in your life, there is period where you need to time for yourself and heal. I call this “my coping time.” Death in the family, losing a job, ending a relationship or just general daily life can cause upheaval in your world and it’s these times you need to stop, take a step back and spend time with yourself. You will hear the general advice of go out and don’t stay in bed, exercise, or even don’t let it get you down but until stress does get you down and you don’t feel like doing those things, then it’s hard to just “roll with the punches”, but I think it’s ok to be down for a few days but then dry the tears, get up, and start on once again. Here are some things that might help you with coping with stress and feeling human once again.

  1. Music and Arts – Play it, listen to it, go to a concert, it helps. Go to a coffee shop, a local collage, anything. Most are free and it will help take your mind off things even for an hour or two. If that’s not your cup of tea, go out to a movie or a play. Many high school plays are priced very reasonable and matinee movies are much cheaper than night time showings. Many movie theatres also have movie clubs for the slower nights where you can watch new movies for about $5. Also check to see if your city has a discount movie theatre where they show older released movies.
  2. Writing – Poetry, a journal, short stories – it all helps relieve the internal battle. Even if you just write a sentence a day, it can help get the stress out that you don’t want to speak about. Simple sentences like “It was a good day today” or “Today was hard” helps to take out the emotion and tell someone even if it’s a piece of paper. Journaling has become so easy now with blogs that you don’t need to purchase anything to just write your feelings down, you simply need to search for blog on the internet and hundreds of sites will be at your mercy, free of charge.
  3. Library – Many people forget about the library but it’s really an untapped source of cheap and interesting entertainment. Look at old newspaper, rent movies, go to programs and obvious look at books and magazines, this is easily available in most communities and generally free so check out the local library to see what is available in your neck of the woods.
  4. Reconnecting – Sometimes when I feel down, reconnecting with old friends helps me feel alive again. The good belly laughs of yesteryear remind you that happiness is still there. Email, call, Facebook or even Twitter for a get together and even if you haven’t spoken to them in years, the memories that you have will come together once again.
  5. Getting Away – Moving might not be an option but a vacation could help calm you and help you focus on you. It might just be a day trip or even a trip to a spa but slow down, take time out for yourself and remember that you can come out of this. Mediation and yoga might not be your thing so look for something you love doing whether it is athletics, laying on a beach or even experimenting with new foods. Take time to be you.

Stress is not something to take lightly. It can be hard on the body and on the soul but don’t let it overtake you, take time to remember you when you weren’t stressed and soon everything will come back to you.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)