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How To Handle Stress in Everyday Life

Updated on August 5, 2016

Oh boy! Life is so difficult! How do I get everything done on time without losing my sanity?

Stress is terrible. It saps us of energy and motivation and makes us want to get away from the things we do, which unfortunately contribute to our stress levels building up over time. Thankfully, there are little and big things we can do to cope.
Stress is terrible. It saps us of energy and motivation and makes us want to get away from the things we do, which unfortunately contribute to our stress levels building up over time. Thankfully, there are little and big things we can do to cope. | Source

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You have the power to deal with stress

There are loads of things you can do on a personal level to help combat stress and make you feel more fulfilled as an individual. Some of these are pretty small adjustments you need to make, like eating your meals on time and drinking plenty of water. Some others require some commitment on your part. Read on for more information.

You have it in you to turn your life around and feel less stressful.
You have it in you to turn your life around and feel less stressful. | Source

From time to time, go away from the location of stress

Always being in a place that is the source of stress can cause stress to build up in a big way... And stress has the tendency to build up quietly and without any major symptoms of its presence. Going away from the location of stress from time to time can help you de-stress.

Observe people on the street

This is a hugely underestimated way of reducing stress. Find a busy intersection or street corner to stand at, and hear the din around you and observe the chaos. You will find yourself feeling a wee bit sleepier with time. Feeling sleepy is a sure sign that the level of stress in your body and mind has reduced significantly.

Observe, and you will relax!

Observing people on a crowded street can be an incredibly therapeutic experience.
Observing people on a crowded street can be an incredibly therapeutic experience. | Source

Go sit in a park or under a tree

Sitting in a park can have a similarly relaxing effect. Give it some time though. Anything less than 10 minutes might be too less.

Take short vacations

Taking a short vacation every few months will help you refresh yourself and get back to the grind of living re-energized in a busy world where there is little time for anything at all.

Listen to the kind of music you like

Music is a powerful tool to help you feel better about yourself and the world you live in. It helps put your experiences in perspective and makes you feel more positive about the road ahead.

Music is therapy

Listening to music can be an amazing stress-buster.
Listening to music can be an amazing stress-buster. | Source

Eat your meals on time

This is very important. Not eating enough or skipping meals can make you irritable and depressed and cause stress to build up.

Drink water often

Do not leave the task of drinking water to mealtime alone. Every now and again, take a sip of water. It will benefit your overall health in a very tangible way and results will be visible sooner than you expect.

Drink as much water as you can. Seriously!

Water is an underrated wonder medicine. The more of it you drink, you better you will feel.
Water is an underrated wonder medicine. The more of it you drink, you better you will feel. | Source

Sleep properly every night

An underslept person is way more prone to the negative impacts of stress than a person who gets enough shuteye each night. Inadequate sleep will leave you groggy and confused all day long.

Sleep-time is when the body sorts itself out after the pounding it received during the day. Don't deprive your body and sanity of their time of healing.

You cannot be free of stress if you don't sleep enough

Make sure you give yourself 8 hours of sleep each night. Sleeping is an investment you make on yourself.
Make sure you give yourself 8 hours of sleep each night. Sleeping is an investment you make on yourself. | Source

Deal with any health issues you might be having

Health problems and illnesses can add to stress by making it difficult to cope with the rigours of everyday life. This can lead to depression pretty quickly as you develop a sense of hopeless in dealing with the demands placed on you at home, the workplace, and by friends. If you must visit the doctor and get an opinion from him or her, do it now. This must take priority over everything else. Delaying a visit to the doctor will only worsen whatever issue you are having. At some point of time, you will be left with no option but to spend a large amount of money on medical expenses as also lose a lot of time which you could have saved had you been more prompt in getting your health issue sorted.

Don't be a perfectionist

Perfectionism is a misnomer. It is actually an imperfect mindset that does not let you observe things as they are. The perfectionist looks at situations through a lens of judgmentalism. Don't be a perfectionist if you want to live a long, healthy, and stress-free life.

Hangout with friends and socialize

Devote some time every now and then for your social life. Men and women are social beings, and being in touch with others is very important. It is also therapeutic and helps combat the stress that inadvertently builds up in everyday life.

Chill-out with friends every now and then

Socializing is a must if you want to maintain your sanity. Humans are considered to be social animals for a reason. Loneliness literally kills.
Socializing is a must if you want to maintain your sanity. Humans are considered to be social animals for a reason. Loneliness literally kills. | Source

Watch movies and documentaries

Watching movies and documentaries (or even going to the circus) will help you forget about the troubles you face in your personal life. It will infuse you with new energy and an intent to work harder to make your personal goals a reality.

Go to the gym

Working out doesn't just burn away all that excess fat. It also takes away a huge chunk of stress and makes you more confident as a person. It is not a short-term solution though. Put in the effort and give it some time.

Go for a swim

If swallowing water can be therapeutic, allowing yourself to be swallowed by a pool of water can be pretty amazing too. Swimming works fairly fast as a stress-relieving tool.

Bust stress with water!

Spending time in the swimming pool will let you have quite a good time while also pushing away thoughts that make you feel stressed.
Spending time in the swimming pool will let you have quite a good time while also pushing away thoughts that make you feel stressed. | Source

Jog

Like gymming, jogging takes time to deliver results, but it is definitely useful in terms of improving your stamina and longevity.

Play with a little child

When you play with a child, you become a child yourself. Unlike adults, children are never stressed out.


Playing with a child can make you forget your worries

Spend more time with children, and watch yourself becoming a calmer and less anxious person.
Spend more time with children, and watch yourself becoming a calmer and less anxious person. | Source

Spend time with the elderly

Do you have a grandmother or grandfather you can visit? Do it. The elderly are often lonely and their wisdom is often undervalued.

Blog or write articles

Self-explanatory... Like gymming, writing takes time to work its magic on you. Persistence is key. Don't give up too early.

Learn a musical instrument

If listening to music is therapeutic, learning to play an instrument is even better. Over time, you will learn to cherish the experience and the learning that happens.

As you learn the instrument, you will notice that you are able to transfer your deepest aspirations and failures from your mind to the instrument. This will make a marked change to your world.

Cultivate a mindset of positivity

One way of dealing with stress is by preventing it from developing in the first place. People who have an optimistic outlook are generally less stressed out. Don't kill yourself with foreboding before something bad actually happens. Don't overthink. Relax, and live in the moment.

When you make an effort to be happy, you will eventually be happy

Having a cheerful and approachable expression on your face is a choice you can make that will make you liked by others.
Having a cheerful and approachable expression on your face is a choice you can make that will make you liked by others. | Source

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      Dianna Mendez 9 months ago

      Rest and water, both are much needed to combat stress. Your suggestions are excellent and I hope many will take heed and apply to every day life.

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 9 months ago from Chennai, India

      Good for you, Aqsa.

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      Aqsa 9 months ago

      when i feel stress i turn to Allah

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 9 months ago from Chennai, India

      Glad to know that enough water, sleep and meditation are doing you good, Anca-Elena! Meditation can definitely help with fighting stress!

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      Alina-Cristina 9 months ago from London

      A lot of helpful suggestions!

      Best thing that helps me relax is listening music, watching a movie and having plenty hours of sleep.

      Also meditating helped me overcome and manage a stresful time in my life. I would highly recommend to others some form of meditation to cope with stress. And yes, drink water. Which somehow I always get to confuse it with coffee...:)

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 9 months ago from Chennai, India

      Glad to know time management helps you in keeping stress at bay!

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      Denise W Anderson 9 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      These are great suggestions! When we find the stress busters that work best for ourselves, we can personalize our own stress prevention program. For me, it includes exercise in the mornings, drinking water regularly throughout the day, eating my meals on time, listening to music, and getting a good night's rest.

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      FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

      Structuring my time to get my tasks done, sleeping well and spending time with my family and cats helps me.

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