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How to Get Rid of Stress Fast in 3 Easy Steps

Updated on September 21, 2015
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How to Get Rid of Stress Fast

In how to get rid of stress fast you are going to discover, not only how to get rid of stress quickly, but also how to maintain healthy stress levels over the long term.

Stress Symptoms - Are You Suffering from Stress?

Stress affects us all at some time or another. It's a fact of life. Everyone feels tense, anxious or stressed out at times.

Now, a certain amount of stress can be good for us: a certain degree of pressure helps to keep us enthused, excited, and lively. That's 'good' stress.

But, if too much stress of the 'wrong', worrying kind piles up on us, it causes untoward pressure, strain and tension which can lead to ill health.

So, when the symptoms of stress begin to show due to the pressures of everyday life, then it's time to take stock of our lifestyles and do everything in our power to relieve that stress going forward.

Typical stress symptoms are things like:-

  • finding it hard to cope
  • being constantly anxious
  • having regular headaches
  • being grumpy a lot of the time
  • having poor concentration
  • sleeping problems
  • fatigue
  • smoking more than usual
  • drinking more than usual
  • sweaty palms
  • stiff neck
  • always fidgeting
  • eating more / less than usual

How to Get Rid of the Stress Fast

If you're suffering with stress right now, here are a number of techniques for fast stress relief:-

  • Smile! Studies have shown that smiling is a positive emotion that has a positive effect on stress.
  • Count to ten.
  • Take a slow, deep breath and slowly release.
  • Clench your fists and then release and repeat.
  • Punch a pillow or a punch bag if you have one.
  • Chill out in a relaxing bath.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Have a chat with a friend or relative.
  • Relax and listen to classical music.
  • Listen to relaxation CDs.

How to Get Rid of Stress For the Long Term in 3 Easy Steps

The following tips can help you achieve fast stress relief, of course, but, if you continue with them and don't give up, they'll also help you to maintain healthy stress levels in the long term:-

1. Daily Physical Activity

According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise 'pumps up your endorphins', 'improves your mood' and is 'meditation in motion.' Almost any kind of exercise is a stress-reliever. So don't hold back, get exercising!

  • jogging
  • brisk walking
  • cycling
  • dancing
  • go to the gym
  • swimming
  • racquet games
  • take part in team sports

2. Develop a New Interest

Find new things to get passionate about. Renew your sense of adventure. Get a hobby, perhaps something you always wanted to do but 'didn't have the time'. Make the time! Go on, be creative!

  • start a new hobby
  • take meditation classes
  • take up yoga
  • join a local club / organisation
  • take a drawing / painting course
  • learn a new language
  • the options are endless!

3. Improve Your Skills

We get stressed when we feel that we aren't in control, when we don't seem to have enough time in the day, when we don't feel confident in our abilities, and so on. Well, you can do something about that. Learn about things like...

  • goal setting
  • self assertion
  • time management
  • effective communication
  • household budgeting

So, there you have it, 3 top tips on how to get rid of stress fast and how to manage stress going forward.

How to Get Rid of Stress: Tips From Dr. Kathleen Hall

References for How to Get Rid of Stress Fast



The content of this Hub is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical diagnosis, treatment or advice, and you should not assume that it is. Always consult your health-care provider / physician / doctor before taking any medications, natural remedies, supplements, or making any major changes to your diet.

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    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I actually find that writing decreases stress. When I'm concentrating about writing something I rarely think about other things. Great hub!

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great ideas here to relieve stress one the silent problems for many individuals.

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      JCielo 5 years ago from England

      Thanks for stopping by Gail. Really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

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      Gail Meyers 5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      This has some good tips, as well as timely reminders. I enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up and useful.

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      JCielo 5 years ago from England

      Epigramman, thanks so much for taking the time to write such a terrific comment and for your warm wishes, which I sincerely return to you too.

      I already follow eHEALER and like her hubs too.

      We had some real bad snow a week or so back, but it's all gone now, although it still feels cold. My wife and I have only been back in England just over 6 months after having lived in sunny Spain for 11 years. This is our first full winter here in England and it does take some getting use to again.

      Once again, thanks so much.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      Well I am listening to some nice classical music right now and having a nice cuppa Morrocan mint green tea and I am saying hello to you my friend from lake erie time ontario canada 3:54pm on a snowy cold day by the lake. I certainly do love your fine choice of informative hubs - there are so many to choose from and each one of them offers enlightenment to our many health concerns.

      Another hub writer you should check out is EHEALER from Las Vegas -and I am thanking you very much for your royal endorsement of my humble little hubpage and coming from such an excellent writer like you really means a lot to me.

      I am taking an anti-stress pill actually and it really does help but the list you offered here is an awesome reference guide as well - because we all have to believe that we are our own best patients and that good health starts with us to always be aware of how we can improve and stabilize our day to day living.

      Sending you warm wishes across the pond and how has your winter been so far?