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10 Practical Ways to Handle Stress

Stress is inevitable. It walks in and out of our lives on a regular basis. And it can easily walk all over us unless we take action. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to minimize and cope with stress. Here are 10 ideas for handling stress without causing more strain and hassle.

1. Figure out where the stress is coming from.

Oftentimes, when we’re stressed, it seems like a big mess with stressors appearing from every angle. We start to feel like we’re playing a game of dodge ball, ducking and darting so we don’t get smacked by a barrage of balls. We take a defensive position, and not a good one at that.

Instead of feeling like you’re flailing day to day, identify what you’re actually stressed about. Is it a specific project at work, an upcoming exam, a dispute with your boss, a heap of laundry, a fight with your family?

By getting specific and pinpointing the stressors in your life, you’re one step closer to getting organized and taking action.

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10 Practical Ways to Handle Stress

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  1. This article has a catchy title and some good info.

    My concern is most people feeling stressed out are overwhelmed by the biggness of the projects and responsibilities they are trying to make headway on, and the advice hear is also “big”.

    I have the most success with stressed out clients by helping them become practiced in “chunking down” to pieces small enough to copy with productively.

  2. You have some useful advice here. It only takes a few moments to destress and most of us don’t take the time to unwind. We just keep gearing up. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. I hope more people will read this. Loved the toolbox of techniques.

  4. Pretty good article Margarita. I have a meeting this week and I am speaking about how to de-stress your life.I really like some of these ideas. Thanks. Keep writing.

  5. Hopefully someone can help me . For the past 5 mo i have had three episodes like strokes been to three diffrent hospitals an have had three drs tell me that im to stressed I was finally diagnosed with a neurological deficet caused by my question is how to coup with all the stress my mother is dying my husband is majorly depressed my son has developed sieuzers my youngest son sustsined a head injury that has affected him academecly as well as mentally an gets picked on a reagular basis which makes me more stressed to see my child in pain . How do you handle stress of this magnitude because i fear im end up in an early grave if I cant figure it out soon..please advice help its all welcome!!!

    • I hope things have gotten better for you. Your situation is similar to mine. How have you learned to destress? I need some guidance.

  6. Stress is greatly related to the phase of life we are in. Stress is part of the territory while raising a family and all that goes with it, and working. Now I am retired, but not inactive. I am actually very active and involved. The big difference stresswise is that now I can handle things on my own schedule, not someone else’s. Yippee!

  7. Stress will not go away so managing it is the only way to handle it.

  8. the way i deal with stress is to get healthy because i believe stress is also a physical thing.

  9. Hello
    I really appreciate the authors thoughts on managing stress.
    One of the best points were doing what you like !! Its so true that along
    with your stressful jobs if a person spends about just 30 minutes doing Or practising your likes, the day goes well.
    Very well scripted article.

  10. Hi Margarita, you have some amazing tips to control stress. I am going to subscribe your feed. I want to share my own experience about stress – you must put yourself in something that helps brain to think even better. Remain close to nature, do exercises, eat well and moreover, think well – eventually stress would feel bad and leave your life forever.

  11. excellant article

  12. Thanks a lot!! it helped me to handle my stress and transform my worries to caring.

  13. I have just received an SMS from my very close friend. He was so very stressed. I was worried what to do now. Then I just googled ‘how to manage stress’ down. I found your this article, Margarita. It really helped out. I dont comment on blogs but this is worth appreciating. Especially 2nd point of controlling is good. If you cannot control the things, why the hell you are worried about them. Thanks again.

  14. As a mom of an adult child with some major problems, the part of the article that really struck me is that worrying is not the same as caring. I will be thinking about this and working on it.

  15. Hi there I have been extremely stressful in my work place, business, and even my family for the past few months and things got extremely bad recently till it’s starting to hurt my fiancee. I have no idea why sometimes I just lose control of my temper. I have not been sleeping well as well as im depressed most of the time. Is there any medication that I can take to help me on this? Last thing I want is to lose the woman I love because of this.

  16. This is a good article containing a lot of information and it is very helpful for a student also because students are always very much concern about their studies and projects and remain in a stressful situation through out the year and no doubt such articles play an important role for reliefing their stress.

  17. Thank you for this. I’m in the worrying stage and have been paralysed in taking further steps to the caring stage. Reading your article has helped me identify why. I was so mad at myself for making a stupid choice. I’m not celebrating the fact that I have made this mistake. I’m celebrating the fact of making myself identify the problem and will now work in small steps to rectify. So thank you

  18. I use to handle stress…had alot of stressful jobs.
    anymore…it really bothers me…Id rather isolate even thoughts of running away disappearing even ending my life at times.
    Get tired of handling people and there issues….nasty behaviors….childish

  19. Accepting my stress is the most important factor and then dealing with it.
    I like this article
    Thanks for the inspiration

  20. thanks 4 the amazing advice did help me alot!!!

  21. When we are feeling stressed out, it is true that we can’t perform and deliver our tasks with excellence. Our society taught us that stress is something that we have to remove from our system. But in my own opinion, stress is good and healthy because it is our body’s way of alerting us to respond to its needs. Instead of focusing on how to eliminate it, we should concentrate more on how to maximize our capacity to handle stress.

    Personally, I can’t imagine myself working all day without enough time for myself to rest. I hate a stressful life that’s why I am doing everything to calm my mind and body. So, what are those things that can help us to handle stress?

    1. Reduce the amount of caffeine. Coffee is just one of the popular mind and body boosters for lots of people. I am really a coffee lover and I admit that I can’t resist consuming at least five to six cups a day. But after I discovered its bad effects to health, I have reduced my caffeine intake to three cups per day—which is the recommended amount. According to experts, large amounts of caffeine (more than 300 mg) per day can make us irritable and sleepless. In addition, it can also cause anxiety and diarrhea. So, you should cut down on your coffee intake if you are consuming above the average daily amount.

    2. Breath properly. Breathing properly is a great way to achieve a healthy mind and body. Aside from reducing stress, tension and anxiety, proper breathing helps us to enhance our concentration, eliminate toxins in our body, lower our blood pressure, increase feelings of calmness and strengthen our immune system. Breath properly by allowing your abdomen inflate as you inhale and letting your abdomen deflate as you exhale.

    3. Take a break. If you’re at work, be sure to give yourself time to stretch. This will pave way for better blood circulation. Likewise, you can even stand up and walk. Not only will this be advantageous to your muscles, it can also prevent eyestrain especially if you’ve been sitting in front of the computer for hours on end. In addition, you can boost your energy a few notches higher by taking a nap during your break period.

    4. Write it down. Avoid information overload. Don’t fill up your mind with your daily tasks. Instead, look for an organizer and write down all your tasks. Having a coordinated life is great way to handle stress.

    5. Meditate. Take time to give yourself a peaceful space wherein you can look back to the events of the day. Think of everything that happened in and evaluate yourself. This is the best time to reflect and think of the things you have to work on in order to be a better person.

    6. Take it easy. Don’t take life too seriously. Learn the value of laughing as it can eliminate negative vibes. Don’t live your life shortly. Learn to do task one at a time. Seek help if you need it.

    7. Open yourself to the people around you. Let them know what you need. If you need a quiet place, then tell them in the right manner. Unplug your phone if necessary. Do anything to avoid unnecessary things for the meantime, especially if they take your attention away from the more important things that you need to attend to.

  22. thank all for your advice’s on how to manage stress it has helped me

  23. The Things above said are very true and helpful. I can try some of the suggestions when I face these situations.
    Thank you

  24. The long term effects of stress in our lives can be life threatening. Yet, stress is a part of life that is unavoidable that we must learn to manage. The tips you provide are exceptional to help us do just that but the knowledge shared is of no effect unless we act upon it. I can personally attest that the things shared, if done consistently, can change your life over time.

    The practice at first may not seem very impactful but inch by inch you can take back your life and add years to your life by managing stress. Thanks for this timeless and powerful resource.

    • Well said! And thank you for the extra reminder that “the taking action part” is an essential ingredient to the words magic… :) :)

  25. Thank you so much for your article! It’s a way of being a hero for people in their everyday lives. I will try this and also show your article to my significant other. And I LOVE all of the additional links! Thank you! :) 😀

  26. So good

  27. I use soft old school music to relax and calm myself. Also, I use prayer and meditate on bible verses. It works like a charm. This brings much needed supernatural peace.
    The prayer and bible verses are a daily regime. However, I use the music when in the throws of turmoil and anxiousness. A moment in time when I am actively stressed. The old school music allows me to think of the innocence of childhood intertwined with nostalgic memories that activates feelings of warmth and tranquility.



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