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10 Practical Ways to Handle Stress

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
Associate Editor

10 Practical Ways to Handle StressStress 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 stress.now 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!!!

  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

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