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Effective Ways to Control Stress

Updated on September 29, 2014
There are more effective ways to manage stress. You don't have to smack anyone.
There are more effective ways to manage stress. You don't have to smack anyone.

Work, kids, church, deadlines, problems, finances, car problems, relationship problems... and the list goes on and on. Trying to keep up with the hustle bustle of our daily lives will sometimes leave us emotionally bankrupt, on edge, drained - wiped out! There are some ways and techniques we can use to effectively manage the stress built up in our lives. Simple modifications in little things like posture, habits and our thoughts may go a long way toward reducing those feelings of stress and tension. Here are several things you can do immediately to help you cope with stress.

Control Your Anger

The next time you become annoyed or angry at something trivial and unimportant, make a conscious choice not be become angry or upset. Don't waste precious time, thought and energy where it isn't warranted. Effective anger management is a definite stress reducer.

Managing Stress Video by BBC

Breathe

Take slow and deep breaths. Before reacting to the next situation, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have more time, try to meditate.

Slow Down

Whenever you feel overwhelmed, slow your talking speed down. You will probably think more clearly and react more reasonably. When you are stressed, your adrenaline kicks in and your talking speeds up. By slowing your speech down, you will appear to be more in control of the situation.


Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated and will help reduce stress.
Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated and will help reduce stress.

Avoid Hunger and Dehydration

Drink plenty of water and eat nutritious snacks. Hunger can provoke aggressiveness that you're not even aware of. I get cranky when I'm hungry and so do many others.

Complete an Item on Your To Do List

Choose one simple thing you have been putting off and do it immediately. It could be anything from returning a phone call to making a doctor's appointment. Just taking care of a responsibility that's been hanging over your head may improve your attitude.

Get Some Fresh Air

There is a healing power in fresh air. Don't let bad weather deter you. Five minutes on a balcony or terrace can rejuvenate you. Taking a quick walk around the block can clear your mind for more rationale thinking. Fresh air can do wonders.

Good posture helps ease muscle tension which can cause stress-related pain.
Good posture helps ease muscle tension which can cause stress-related pain.

Check Your Posture

Hold your head and shoulders upright and avoide slumping. Bad posture leads to muscle tension, pain and increased stress.

End of Day Recharge

Have a special reward planned for the end of your day. It could be a relaxing bath. I enjoy reading a couple chapters of my current novel. It helps me unwind. Put aside any housekeeping or family concerns for just a brief moment before bedtime and allow yourself this "me" time. Don't spend this time planning for tomorrow's schedule or doing chores--this is "me" time. Do you! You'll be much better prepared to face another stressful day.

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    • Evans4life profile imageAUTHOR

      Evans4life 

      5 years ago

      @RonElFran-- A feeling of accomplishment works wonders!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      5 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I especially like the idea of completing an item on your To Do list as a stress reducer. I think that will work for me. Thanks!

    • Evans4life profile imageAUTHOR

      Evans4life 

      5 years ago

      Cherrycrime: There's no one great big solution... just small adjustments like these can make a huge difference in your stress levels. Thanks for stopping by.

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      January Moon 

      5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      These are great tips for stress, I think everybody can relate to a stressful day here or there, voted up!

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