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How To Live a Stress Free Life

Updated on September 18, 2016

So you want to live a stress free life?

Then pinch yourself and wake up.

Sadly this is the real world and living stress free isn't possible.

But managing your stress and having control over your life will most certainly be a start.

You may be thinking, how come I can control my life but not be stress free?

Aren't they one in the same?

Not true!

If you remember your high school or college health class then you'll remember there's Eustress and Distress.

Eustress = Good :)

Distress = Bad :(

But none the less we need both in our lives.

Quick History lesson:

Even before the times of jobs, commitments, and trying to get followers on Twitter- People had stress. And true stress, the kind that meant life or death.

Choices between getting eaten by a wild animal or starving- Back in the cavemen days.

So humans have a "built in" Fight or Flight Response from our ancestors. Cool, right?

Now think about the times you used the Fight or Flight Response, which basically means did you stay and conquer your problems/fears or did you run away and watch Netflix for the entire day?

Personally, I don't know how my back hasn't sprouted wings because of all the times I flew from my problems. Just adding more distress to my life...

Different types of stress.
Different types of stress.

Steps to Taking Control of Your Life:

1) Notice the sources of Eustress and Distress in your life. Write them all down and pinpoint where they come from most. Example: More distress can come from work and eustress from friends. Or vice versa!

2) After locating the sources, write down the exact causes. This will help you notice if the changes can be fixed or will just have to be managed. Example: If your desk is unorganized then you can simply take 30 minutes to organize it then be on your merry way! But if someone at work is giving you trouble then you'll have to deal with it and get by.

3) Last step is gaining support for this change in your life. If you want to be taken seriously that you ARE making a change in your life, then tell your friends and family and even the people you work with. Especially if someone is the source of your eustress or distress, tell them. They may not know the good or the bad that they are doing to you.

The picture above doesn't have to be you, by taking the time to manage your stress instead of trying to get rid of it, you can greatly impact your life.

Remember: No wave of a magic wand can fix your problems or make them disappear, you have to do it.


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Caitlyn,

      Absolutely divine work. Voted up and all the choices because you earned it. Love how you put a perfect amount of white space in your work to keep the reader's attention.

      You have a bright future ahead of you.

      Keep it up.

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      Sudiksha 3 years ago from Nepal

      every one does wanna live stress free and good suggestions!

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      Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

      We all need to learn to manage stress in our busy lives - good tips, thanks.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      The four ways you categorize stress is very interesting. It's true that we can't avoid stress but we can manage it. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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      Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Caitlyn,

      Excellent hub. I especially like the fact that you encouraged readers to closely examine the particular things that are causing both distress and eustress so they can find the most effective coping measures.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Caitlyn Ramos 3 years ago from Albany, New York

      So many people don't know about eustress or it gets overlooked. I'm so happy that you liked it!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I may be a senior citizen, but I love learning from young people. This was the first time I heard about eustress, much less hyperstress and hypostress. It helps to know that stress can be categorized into smaller chunks so that you know how to deal it a more productive way. Great article!

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      David Hunt 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      It's funny how we think that, if only we could control our lives, we could eliminate stress. That's a fantasy (aside from not making self-destructive decisions). All we can do is manage the stress. Nice article, Caitlyn. Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

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      Caitlyn Ramos 3 years ago from Albany, New York

      Thank you so much!

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      mio cid 3 years ago from Uruguay

      This is a great hub and very useful in this day and age.I will vote up share etc. Let me share a little something that could also help.