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How to cope with stress in 7 positive ways

Updated on March 20, 2013

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Find productive ways to cope with stress

Stress is a factor of life. There will always be troubling times that will have us concerned with what's going around. Sometimes, we feel that life will not get better. Sometimes, we have a problem that lasts for a while and we don't know how to deal. Unfortunately, we all have to go through this because it builds a stronger person! However, you can buckle down and deal with the stress in a more positive way and find your inner self. Here are seven ways to help you out:


This is a very simple manner that lets you get away and have time for yourself. Sometimes, you just need fresh air and a cool breeze. It's also a great way to get a little cardio and a light workout to cool you down.

Join a club

It's always nice to join a gym or something you can feel engaged in for your sake and others. You'll feed off the positive energy that others exhibit. It rubs off on you the right way. You'll build a nice social interaction and form some new friendships that can help influence you in a positive manner. Take your frustrations out on a punching bag and build your hand and eye coordination.

Martial Arts

Relieve your tension by focusing your ki (energy) into a formidable force that you can use in a positive way. It helps you create a certain confidence and assertiveness that will greatly increase your lifestyle. Also, get on a Yoga tip to not only relax you but build your mindfulness. Stress is all in your head. The more you are able to get out of the negative thoughts and your mind, the more balance you will have figuratively and literally. It's a more active way of meditating and bringing out your inner emotions.


Dance 'til your heart is content. Be a kid again and just let loose! It would be great to invest in taking some dance classes such as West Coast Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Tap, or anything you feel would get your frustrations and use that as a fuel for creative movement. For me, B-boying *break dancing* has been and will always be that outlet needed to get frustrations out. You will find that you are able to always go to this and just vibe out and get an incredible workout. With social dances, you will become more confident in yourself and find like minded people.


Great music is always a good way to help you relieve your stress. Open your mind and listen to some new sounds. You'll become easily immersed in something pleasant and different. Take it a step further and visit a local record store. Take the time to actually go through the records and just enjoy the moment of you and historical accounts of music. Go back home and put your favorite soundtrack on your iPod and sip some nice wine. Hop in your shower, your bathtub, or your hot tub and just wash your stress away. It's a good way to think clearly.


Sometimes, you have no idea how to get through your trials and tribulations vocally. Write down your frustrations; don't keep it bottled inside. You can really process how you are thinking and write it down sensibly through words. This is also a good way to set some goals for yourself on how you will deal with your future situation. You an also turn this into a positive by learning to set goals for certain accomplishments you want to achieve. By writing it down, following a plan, you will get to your destination.

Live in the now

Often times, we let our past dictate our future. This should not be the case. Stress deteriorates your health greatly. The more you let it bound you by the wrist, the more harm done down the road. We all get frustrated, angry, sad or depressed, but it's how we learn to deal with it that builds character. If something traumatic has happened, you'll have to drop your ego and let it go overtime. This just holds you back. You don't realize that the negative thinking and vibes causes implications on you and the people around you. No one wants to be around a person that's constantly negative. Life seriously kicks you in the nuts sometimes and you have to slowly but surely get back up. Leave the broken pieces, start from scratch, and learn from your experience.

When life gives you lemons, get some sugar and water and make lemonade. Use your negative experiences to build you into a stronger and smarter person.


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    • shin_rocka04 profile image

      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      I wholeheartedly agree. It takes a lot of time and effort to get over things that have hurt you and the past. However, if you can get through that, it makes your life that much more powerful. Thank you for your comment. Thanks again for the voting and sharing. Greatly appreciated.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      You've identified seven fairly easy-to-do changes that can help someone cope with the stress and anxiety in their lives.

      I thinking living in the now, or being present in the moment, probably requires the most effort because changing the way we think can be a struggle initially. That initial struggle though is worth it for the lifelong rewards that can be had.

      Voted up and Shared.