Understanding Stress And How To Deal With It


We all get stressed from time to time. It is something we get used to in our increasingly busy lifestyles, at work, and at home. For some of us, stress can be a good thing, toughening us up mentally in preparation for handling greater pressures. However, the majority of us allow stress to beat us, and the side effects can be damaging to our health.

Stress symptoms
There are many symptoms to stress, including the following:

  • Feeling anxious in an everyday situation, such as waiting in a queue, or being in a crowded room.

  • Feeling lethargic, and unmotivated to do the things you normally enjoy.

  • Your skin breaks out in acne and eczema.

  • Walking into a room to look for something and forgetting what it is you wanted.

  • Your weight fluctuates, possibly because you start to comfort eat, or don’t eat at all.


  • You shed more hair than your cat.

  • There are aches and pains all over your body.

Thankfully, the symptoms don't need to last forever,  but you will need to adjust your lifestyle to reduce the stress you are feeling.

Dealing with stress
There are some situations where you can’t completely rid yourself of stress, but you can reduce it.

These are some of the ways you can deal with stress in your life.

  • Find the cause. Once you know what is making you unwell, you can begin to form a plan to deal with it. Whether it’s a person or a situation, find a way to confront the problem safely.

  • Don’t succumb to stress by drinking alcohol or comfort eating unhealthy foods. You won’t feel any better for it, physically or mentally. Instead, consume a healthy diet to improve your overall mood.

  • When your body displays symptoms of stress, do something about it. Here is how cupping works as a form of therapy, or consider booking a massage or time in the sauna.

  • Go for a walk. Getting outside in the sun and fresh air will invigorate you, and while it won’t make your stress disappear, a little bit of exercise is good for your body and mind and might help you put your stress in perspective.

  • Spend time with the people in your life who are unlikely to aggravate the stress you feel. For example, make time to be with friends, or devote more time to your family. The pure innocence of our children can always help us put our life in perspective.

  • Speak to a counselor or a trusted friend about how you are feeling. Talking is a great stress reliever, allowing you to share your problem with somebody else, and preventing it from getting bottled up.

  • Have some ‘me’ time. If your life is busy, and people are getting you down, it is fine to take the time out and have some time on your own. Do something you enjoy doing, such as watching a movie, reading a book, or spending time in your garden. It’s okay to be selfish occasionally and have time alone.

11 comments

  1. Great tips! I love going for a walks, especially if the weather is nice and sunny. I always feel great after walking (or jogging).

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    1. it gives us time to breath and not to think of the stressful things around us. I love walking/jogging in the morning

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  2. (walking )along the embankment in london - there is a secret secluded area...literally 2 mins walking distance for me
    the perfect de-stress spot - no sorry guys can't tell you exactly where haha

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    1. it's a secret? :) we don't mind of you could share ;)

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  3. I've been getting better (slowly) about managing my stress. Admittedly, it's something I practice almost daily. For me either I go out for a walk or attend a yoga class that day. I've heard Tony Robbins say a few different times that if you want to change your state, it really helps to do something physical. For me, that's proven true x

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  4. If I didn't have my daily walks and exercise I would be one bog stress ball, and it wouldn't be pretty! your list is very helpful to those who want to learn how to manage STRESS... stupid stress! ; )

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  5. Thanks for a nice informative and healthy post. When stressed, I like to go for a long walk alone and try to think about positive stuff.
    Also spending time with people who back you is important and helps a lot.

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  6. Great that you are getting people to talk about stress as it affects so many people. The world today is so fast passed and sometimes we just need to take some time and relax

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  7. Anytime I feel stressed, I either go to the gym to lift weights or play basketball. I try to live my life completely stress free but its impossible at time.

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  8. Sometimes we get to busy making a living that we forget to live. Our lives are highly stressed and this may give rise to physical manifestations. Thanks for this article. It is an eye opener for us to slow down and enjoy life one day at a time.

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    1. We should always take time to relax. Stress can be toxic to our health and can even affect our relationship to other people and our family

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