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Effective Ways To Deal With Stress

Updated on March 17, 2016

Stress, Stress, Stress...

When everything all typically goes wrong at once, we can't help getting stressed about things. Stress is an emotional state that causes limits in our well being, joy and success. Therefore it is something that we could all do without.

How To Reduce Stress


If you're ill, tired from work or simply going through a difficult time, whatever is causing your stress, one of the best things you can do is to rest. A short spell of rest is likely to allow you to get back to and deal with whatever problems were overwhelming you with a renewed energy. You could sleep, take a bath, watch a film or socialize with some friends. Whatever you do, make sure it is something that you enjoy and will distract you from the tricky situations that are going on around you. You could also try some relaxation techniques. One of these might include meditation.

Here is a video to teach you how to meditate to relieve stress.

Say No

In lots of cases, the main cause of stress is due to taking on too many responsibilities. This can be resolved by learning to say no. Although this can be difficult because we feel bad about saying no, it is more important to look after our well being than to do somebody a favor. For example, if somebody asks you to babysit for a day, politely decline by saying that you have too many other responsibilities to take care of. If you were to accept additional responsibilities, you may soon find that you are not as useful as you could be to them due to the many other responsibilities that you have.

Here Is Another Book That Provides You With A Guide Of How To Deal With Stress

Solve The Problems That Are Causing Your Stress

First of all you have to really understand what the problem is. Is it affecting your life? If so, you should solve it and if not you should avoid it. Presuming that the problem is affecting your life, you now need to understand when, where and how it is affecting you. If you can answer these questions, your a step closer to solving the problem. Do you have any control over the problem in any way at all? You will find that the answer to this ought to be yes in most cases, even if it's just a little bit of control. However, if you do not have control over the problem then you should find help.

Once you really understand the problem, you can then think about whether you have encountered similar problems before. If so then great, you can try and recall some of the approaches that you took to solve this similar problem before. If not then you will have to either research around the problem or find new ways to tackle it. You could look up the problem on the internet or ask friends for advice.

If your problem is really complicated then you should try breaking it down in to smaller sub-problems and tackling them individually. When choosing a solution for your problem, you should consider whether this solution will cause future difficulties and you should also try to determine what might go wrong. You should lastly consider whether you have the skills and sources to solve the problem and if not, then you will need to get help.

Manage Your Time

Time management is extremely important when it comes to avoiding stressful periods. What do I mean by time management? Time management is the organisation of the events of your day by planning exactly what you will do and when you will do it. Organisational skills like this will ensure that you maintain a healthy lifestyle because you will achieve the right balance between work and relaxation which is significant to avoid stress! How might you manage your time? Do this by keeping track of you daily events either in a diary, calendar or on your phone. Make sure you record the date, time and where you're supposed to be as this will allow you to avoid last minute panics. This method will mean that you will not have to memorise any where near as much information and so you will be more free in that sense!

Exercise And Eat Healthily

Vigorous or gentle, whatever form of exercise it may be, a little exercise a day can help to distract you from the stresses that you may have. In order to feel better mentally, the body needs to feel better physically. Exercising helps to produce chemicals in the brain known as endorphins. Endorphins are beneficial because they act as pain killers and effectively help us to sleep and so reduce our levels of stress. In terms of eating healthily, you should try and avoid caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol because these are stimulants and stimulants are linked to causing stress because they create energy which can fuel anxiety.

Here is an interesting video which suggests that stress is caused solely by our thoughts. Watch this video for more guidance on how to deal with stress.


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    • AlexJ123 profile image

      Alex 2 years ago from Stoke-On-Trent

      Hi Denise, I agree with you because you could argue that having a happy and therefore healthy and non-stress related life is more important than a good job. This is because I think that the purpose of life is to be happy (obviously a high paid job can help but people should make sure it's a non-stressful high paid job). Thanks for commenting.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Stress can really wreak havoc with our health and well being! It may be better to choose a job that pays less than to have one that stresses us to the point that our health is in jeopardy! I learned this the hard way!