What’s The Best Way To Deal With Stress?

What’s The Best Way To Deal With Stress?

Life can really be hard sometimes. It can make you feel like there’s just too much going on and you might not be sure how to handle it. You have school, work, children, a career and a husband, and there’s just not enough time in one day to handle it all. It can really cause your brain to overload. But you what? It’s okay to feel that way because we are all human and we all experience stress. I have been doing my research, reading and asking around because I want to know. What’s the best way to deal with stress? Well, I have found the answer and in this post, I am going to share with you the best ways to deal with stress and anxiety based on my personal experiences because I know they work.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Lou Holtz

 

The Best Way To Deal With Stress And Anxiety

KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO

Best Way To Handle Stress- Know When To Say No

Yes, there are so many events, meetings and activities going on every day and yes you want to go. The thing it is physically impossible to be everywhere and to participate in them all.

If you are feeling like you’re being stretched thin or if you’re feeling overwhelmed, it is quite okay to just no. Take the time that you have and try to find time for relaxing and “me time”.

You will get the important things done and the world will not end if you don’t do them at this very moment.

A great cure for stress is giving yourself time and space to breathe.

You don't have to suffer in silence. Ask for help when you feel overwhelmed. Click To Tweet

 

ASK FOR HELP

We are human beings and we cannot do it all. No matter how smart you are or how productive you want to become, it is impossible to get it all done by yourself.

If you want to manage your stress then you need to learn how to ask for help from other people.

Your mind is not meant to consistently run without relief or even a pit stop. To give your brain the necessary break it needs, share your work with other people.

Ask your husband to pick up the groceries for dinner or even ask your friend if she can help you to plan that birthday party. You don’t and shouldn’t have to do this by yourself.

 

START EXERCISING

What's The Best Way To Handle Stress- Start Exercising

A fantastic way to handle stress and anxiety is to have a set fitness routine. One of the first things that tends to get kicked out the window when we are under stress is fitness. It is not a good thing to allow this to happen at all.

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins and this help to combat stress and depression. This tends to work best when you are consistent so as much as is possible, exercise once a day or at minimum three times a week.

It also doesn’t have to be long either. Short exercise routines can be just as effective.

 

TAKE A BREAK FROM IT ALL

Sometimes we just need to take a break from it all. This doesn’t have to happen once or twice a year for weeks on end. You can take a break for an hour or two each day. When you’re on your break, take the time to colour, read a book or just surf the internet.

Just ensure that it has nothing to do with whatever it is that is causing the stress or anxiety. Be sure to pencil these breaks into your schedule and be sure to stick with it every day.

Sometimes a great way to de-stress is to just get away from it all. Give yourself some space to breathe. Click To Tweet

 

WRITE IT ALL DOWN

What's The Best Way To Handle Stress- Write It All Down

I know it sounds silly but one of the best ways to deal with stress is to write it all down. Go old school, grab that pen and a piece of paper and start writing. Write down as many reasons as you can think of as to why you are stressing out.

Once you have done that and have identified the true causes of your stress you might be surprised at what you find. The things that we tend to stress about or get anxious about tend to be easily fixable.

Identifying the causes can help you to understand how to better handle the issue and this will help you to release a lot of that stress.

 

STRESS AND ANXIETY DON’T HAVE TO CONTROL YOU

Stress and anxiety can happen to anyone. You are not less of a person because you might be suffering from one or both. How you choose to respond to the stress and anxiety is what is truly important.

The way to change your usual responses is by practising positive activities such as the ones I talked about above until you become a master.

Remember that there is always a way out and you don’t have to suffer in silence.


If you enjoyed reading about the best way to handle stress and anxiety, you’ll enjoy these tips for how you can increase your confidence or this guide to help you practice self-care every day.

 

Also, let me know. Do you suffer from stress or anxiety? How do you handle it? I love reading your comments and hearing your thoughts so please comment down below. Also if you have any questions feel free to ask me them in the comment section below. Please also like and share this post and sign up so you never miss a thing!

 

Until next time. Peace, love and prayers.

How To Deal With Stress And Anxiety

 

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  1. Andrea
    March 16, 2018 / 7:45 AM

    loved that quote of it isn’t the load that breaks you down, it’s how you carry it. SO true. I just wrote a post on my blog on how you can use adaptogens to help you with stress. SUCH good tips here. for me working out is a must.

    • April 10, 2018 / 2:13 PM

      It is great to hear that working out is working for you so well

  2. March 16, 2018 / 8:13 AM

    Exercise and naps help me. And you know what – sometimes crying does if it comes to that point!

  3. March 16, 2018 / 8:30 AM

    I deal with anxiety! And I don’t even have kids yet, just two cats. I basically do everything you listed here to handle stress and anxiety, it sure isn’t easy. The biggest game changer for me was saying no to things and learning that I NEED my alone time in order to recharge. I am an introvert at my core. Although you did list exercise, the mindfulness portion of yoga has done wonders for me too!

  4. March 16, 2018 / 9:02 AM

    My best way that has always worked for me is to take a walk. It always works. Send endorphins to my brain. I think out the problems I am having and I feel so much better when the walk is over.

  5. hal
    March 16, 2018 / 9:23 AM

    great advice – the excercise works great for me but I still def need to work on saying no!

  6. March 16, 2018 / 9:29 AM

    In this day and age when work and life consumes us , we need to take time for ourselves and try to live a stress free life. These are some great tips . Thanks

  7. March 16, 2018 / 9:37 AM

    When I’m stressed, I tend to reach for the chocolate. I know you aren’t supposed to eat your feelings, but I do. I fully admit it.

    • March 26, 2018 / 7:25 PM

      Ye I have been a stress eater before too and am working hard on it

  8. Shannon E
    March 16, 2018 / 1:17 PM

    I feel like this post was written for me. I’ve been overly stressed lately writing my latest book and not dealing with it well. Pinned for future reference, thank you!

    • March 26, 2018 / 7:24 PM

      You’re welcome and good luck with your book sweetie

  9. March 16, 2018 / 1:33 PM

    ugghh i need to actually let it out. It’s hard when I move here in Vegas. I am having a hard time to open up

    • March 26, 2018 / 7:24 PM

      You could try writing a letter to yourself. That could be a great way to open up

  10. Annreeba
    March 16, 2018 / 2:42 PM

    Highly motivating and great tips to stay positive.

  11. Elizabeth O
    March 16, 2018 / 7:39 PM

    You highlighted some great ways to combat stress here. For me I like to workout as that really clears my mind.

    • March 24, 2018 / 12:32 PM

      Thanks so much. A workout is a great way to destress

  12. Gemille Sleweon
    March 16, 2018 / 9:59 PM

    These are all wonderful coping methods. I usually talk to my friends and parents as well as try to dedicate some time in the day for myself.

  13. March 16, 2018 / 10:07 PM

    I agree, we cannot let stress and anxiety overpower us. It’s important that we do everything we can to overcome it. I usually take a break and allow myself to breathe. The more calm you are, the better.

    • March 24, 2018 / 12:34 PM

      Yes I agree. We need to ensure that stress doesn not control our lives

  14. March 16, 2018 / 10:15 PM

    Learning to say no is a big one for me. I feel like I don’t want to disappoint, but I could eliminate so much stress just by not spreading myself too thin by agreeing to everything.

    • March 24, 2018 / 12:34 PM

      Ye, please do not spread yourself so thin that there is nothing left of you

  15. March 16, 2018 / 10:34 PM

    I don’t stress…. ANYMORE. I used to stress BADDDDD when I was in college (and high school I am sure, I don’t remember though – ha). I was always so scared about the WHAT IFS. I would always THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE and that’s stressful. Now, I live in the NOW and know everything happens for a reason. My husband really helped me with that too because he’s one of the most easy going people in the world. I love him for that (among so many other things). Something else that truly helps stress for me = exercise! I do it daily!

    • March 26, 2018 / 7:23 PM

      I am happy to hear that you don’t stress anymore. That is a great thing to hear! Keep it up

  16. March 16, 2018 / 10:34 PM

    These are really good tips. I’ve just started working out recently, so far that isn’t helping my stress, but I’m going to take the advice of writing it down. I like that idea!

    • March 26, 2018 / 7:22 PM

      When I started writing it made a big difference in my stress levels

  17. March 16, 2018 / 10:48 PM

    These are all so so true. Many of these have helped me in the past to dealt with stress. I do need to focus on learning to say no and increasing my exercise. Thanks so much for the reminder!

  18. Jessica Taylor
    March 16, 2018 / 11:01 PM

    I have a lot of stress in my day-to-day life, and sometimes it can be hard to manage. Sometimes I just have to take a step back and just deep breathe.

  19. March 16, 2018 / 11:59 PM

    Exercising is the definitely the best way to deal with stress! When I was pregnant and not exercising everything seemed out of control and very stressful! I love what exercise can do!

    • March 18, 2018 / 6:56 PM

      Exercise can be so beneficial to us and it makes handling stress that much easier

  20. March 17, 2018 / 12:17 AM

    Agee with you. Now a days, for the over loaded work and other things to prioritize. Most of us at the end of the day can have a stressful life. But it’s very important to have some time for your self!

  21. March 17, 2018 / 2:23 AM

    These are some great sounding tips, I think we all suffer from stress at times and having ways to help calm ourselves is good.

    • March 17, 2018 / 9:19 PM

      Thank you so much. I think the more we use these tips the less stressed we will be

  22. March 17, 2018 / 3:51 AM

    Those are some excellent tips! I find it useful to write – whether it is as to-do lists to keep me on track or keeping a journal to express myself. Love the Lou Holtz quote!

  23. March 17, 2018 / 4:21 AM

    For me the best way to cope to stress is to play tennis and eat good food! It increases my happy hormones!

  24. Kiwi
    March 17, 2018 / 5:29 AM

    Asking for help is definitely number one. It can be a very self-destructive path when you dont get the help!

    • March 17, 2018 / 11:53 AM

      Yes and sometimes we are too proud to do so until it’s too late

  25. March 17, 2018 / 5:30 AM

    I enjoyed reading you post. I agree that giving yourself time and space to breath is a great cure for stress. You offered some great tips on how to handle stress that are very useful.

  26. March 17, 2018 / 7:12 AM

    Dealing with stress can be sometimes a hard thing. But we should read more articles like this, to remember that everything can be solved with a calm perspective.

    • March 17, 2018 / 11:49 AM

      Thank you. I believe that stress can be handled better if we be calm and think about it

  27. March 17, 2018 / 8:37 AM

    I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and I do not anything you’ve mentioned. But I will start exercising!

    • March 17, 2018 / 11:47 AM

      You should really develop good habits in order to handle stress. Trust me it will help you

  28. March 17, 2018 / 9:30 AM

    Your tips for dealing with stress are so true! Asking for help but I know that would be the best way to help me deal with stress personally.

    • March 17, 2018 / 11:46 AM

      Yes sometimes we are so afraid to ask for help when it really can help us

  29. Tonya W
    March 17, 2018 / 10:10 AM

    I have a really hard time knowing when to say the word “no”. This is something I have been working on and have gotten better with. You have to know your limits and it definitely does help your stress level and you aren’t as overwhelmed.

    • March 17, 2018 / 11:45 AM

      Yes it really does. I used to struggle with that as well but it has definitely gotten better in the past few years

  30. Andrea
    March 17, 2018 / 10:33 AM

    these are all great tips, I particularly like that you write, write it down. it really makes so much of a difference, I have recently started to laugh or dance it out to and it had been a great little tool.

    • March 17, 2018 / 11:44 AM

      Thank you. I am happy to hear that you have developed your own methods of handling stress

  31. March 17, 2018 / 11:43 AM

    “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” SO TRUE! It took me until I was well into my 30’s before I finally learned to start saying No, and even longer to do it without guilt. (OK, I still feel a little guilty sometimes.) But learning that one skill made so much difference in my stress level.

    • March 17, 2018 / 8:23 PM

      I feel bad at times for saying no but honestly it is necessary

  32. March 17, 2018 / 1:12 PM

    Whether anyone thinks they have support or not they should ask for help. Theres always one angel waiting to help. I find meditation and yoga to be amazing tools to combat stress and anxiety for my clients.

    • March 17, 2018 / 8:22 PM

      Those are great ways to handle stress! I do agree that people need to ask for help without fear

  33. March 17, 2018 / 6:27 PM

    Again a very useful article. Everyone sometimes in life face this , and following this tips will surely help us out.

  34. March 17, 2018 / 11:05 PM

    nice tips. i use some of the tips you’ve mentioned above. my favourite way to destress is to exercise. sometimes when i feel stressed and exercise and the stress still hasnt left my body or feel manageable,thats when i realise that i need to write it down,read through it and see how i can help myself. one thing i’ve started doing is talking to myself about my stress, it helps.

    • March 18, 2018 / 4:00 PM

      Wow. It sounds like you’ve got a handle on stress. That’s great

  35. March 17, 2018 / 11:52 PM

    Unfortunately, I too know very well what you are talking about in this blog post. I even wrote about it myself to share my best tips. Reading this I found many of my own strategies of dealing with stress again – and they really do help but it takes time.

    • March 18, 2018 / 3:45 PM

      I am happy to hear that you have found ways to cope

  36. March 18, 2018 / 12:36 AM

    Such a helpful article. We are so driven to pursue goals in life that we miss the dangerous threshold of stress. Totally agree with you that we should never hesitate to seek help.

    • March 18, 2018 / 3:17 PM

      Yes I think that we should always try to ask when necessary

  37. March 18, 2018 / 12:45 AM

    Stress is tough sometimes. There are good levels of stress to get you going on a project. And then there are those that don’t help and make you feel less motivated.

    • March 18, 2018 / 3:12 PM

      I don’t think any kind of stress is good stress. I think having external motivation to get projects done is great but not if it’s detrimental to your health

  38. March 18, 2018 / 12:53 AM

    For me, the two most important things are to exercise and to write my thoughts/problems down. Both of these things are very different, but in a combination make my life a lot easier. Thank you for sharing.

    • March 18, 2018 / 3:04 PM

      You are so welcome. It sounds like you have a good hold on handling stress

  39. March 18, 2018 / 2:37 AM

    Spot on tips to be stress-free. I actually follow most of these to prevent the burnout. Especially – ‘learn to say no and ask for help’ is so important for somebody who is a people pleaser 🙂 Thanks for sharing useful tips here!

  40. March 18, 2018 / 5:26 AM

    I love the “ask for help” tip. It is so sad to see people harming themselves or upset becasue they feel like they cant ask for help. I never want my daughters or anyone to feel this way, I always tell them to talk to me but it can be a bit diffiuclt when your a teen and you want to be able to do things youself. I still call my mother when I am stressed and freaking out, and I want my daughter to do the same for me. This was a great post, thanks for shairng.

    • March 18, 2018 / 2:56 PM

      You are so welcome. I honestly believe that pride has a lot to do with people refuse to ask for help. I hope people understand that asking for help doesn’t equate to weakness

  41. March 18, 2018 / 8:14 AM

    These are so important! My favorite things to do when stressed are to take me-time through yoga (I guess that also counts as exercise) and to write. Writing is so cathartic!

    • March 18, 2018 / 8:20 AM

      It really is. Writing changes your perspective on so many things

  42. Cassie
    March 18, 2018 / 10:22 AM

    I used to find it so difficult to cope with my stress. I have learned that exercising can do WONDERS for stress. Each time I feel overwhelmed I just put everything to the side and workout and I feel much better. Loved your tips!!

  43. Heather
    March 18, 2018 / 2:07 PM

    I had never read that Lou Holtz quote before but I really like it. How we handle all that life throws at us can make such a difference. From carrying the load properly to asking for help, there’s a lot we can take from it.

  44. March 18, 2018 / 6:35 PM

    Exercising does really help with a lot of things. The problem is when you don’t want to do it, it’s hard to motivate yourself otherwise. But it does work. It’s better than any drug you might take to feel better by far.

    • March 18, 2018 / 6:52 PM

      Exercise really is a great way to cope but if you’re not feeling motivated you can use one of the other strategies I spoke about

  45. March 18, 2018 / 9:40 PM

    Totally agree with you! A good sweat and exercise can work wonders. Thank you for sharing.

  46. March 19, 2018 / 12:49 AM

    Many people can not cope with stress. Accumulation of stress leads to very serious health problems. Walking in nature and pleasant emotions with loved ones can be a great way to cope with stress.

  47. March 19, 2018 / 2:42 AM

    These are wonderful points. Knowing when to say no is the biggest thing for me. I always feel like I have an obligation to say yes!

    • March 19, 2018 / 11:34 AM

      You don’t. Remember that you are still just one person and can’t do it all

  48. March 19, 2018 / 4:22 AM

    I agree with you point about saying no. It can just be so difficult for people-pleasers, but it does keep you from overcommitting to things.

    • March 19, 2018 / 11:18 AM

      It really does help you to not feel so overwhelmed

  49. March 19, 2018 / 5:19 AM

    I always find that writing things down is a good way to deal with stress. I sometimes don’t even share it with anyone else but the fact that I have thought about it and written it down means I have dealt with it and decided what to do about the issue. I sleep better and am more confident that I can deal with further situations when they arise.

    • March 19, 2018 / 11:16 AM

      That is pretty awesome. Writing works best for me as well because it allows me to really express myself

  50. March 19, 2018 / 6:03 AM

    These are all great ways to deal with stress. Thank you for sharing! xo, Suzanne

  51. March 19, 2018 / 6:39 AM

    Hello, I think it’s Important sometimes to slowdown and just relax! Good tips. Have a great day!

  52. Kiwi
    March 19, 2018 / 8:38 AM

    Stress and anxiety happens to the best of us. Positive activities on a regular basis what will keep these levels down.

    • March 19, 2018 / 10:57 AM

      That is so truew. Practicing positivity really helps

  53. March 19, 2018 / 10:38 AM

    How I stress I do take a break from it all. Sometimes dropping everything can drop stress.

  54. March 19, 2018 / 2:14 PM

    I love your tips. Learning to say no and having a way to de-stress are my ways to deal with stress. Thanks for sharing.

  55. March 19, 2018 / 3:47 PM

    For myself, I have always found that taking a little time alone doing something that I enjoy helps to relieve stress. I will either read a good book, or start a hobby.

    • March 20, 2018 / 11:12 AM

      Those are great too. My “de-stresser” is reading and sleep lol

  56. March 19, 2018 / 7:31 PM

    These tips are super-helpful, particularly at the moment, when it seems that everyone deals with stress, no matter if he/she is an elderly or a young children. Thanks for sharing!

  57. March 19, 2018 / 8:42 PM

    Taking physical activities is great. When you feel stressed, go for a walk in fresh air. Regular physical activity will also improve the quality of sleep…

  58. Jessica Taylor
    March 19, 2018 / 10:45 PM

    I have so much stress in my day-to-day life. I have been thinking of exercising daily just to blow off some steam.

    • March 20, 2018 / 11:07 AM

      I think if you utilize these tips you will be okay

  59. March 20, 2018 / 1:43 AM

    These are really great tips for dealing with stress! It’s so easy to let stress overwhelm you so it’s a good idea to consciously apply tips like these each week to manage stress levels.

  60. March 20, 2018 / 1:47 AM

    Exercising definitely helps me relieve stress. I try to workout a few time a week to keep my stress levels low.

  61. March 20, 2018 / 5:33 AM

    That wonderful word “no” and a bunch of exercise is personally how I keep the stress off

  62. March 20, 2018 / 7:16 AM

    I need to work on saying no. I am a people pleaser and I say yes to a lot of things which leads into stress. I need to start this today.

    • March 20, 2018 / 10:50 AM

      You can say no. It might make you feel at first but it will get easier

  63. March 20, 2018 / 11:20 AM

    These are some great tips for reducing stress. Exercise is such a good way to let it out!

  64. March 20, 2018 / 11:46 AM

    It’s not the load but the way I carry it. I like that line. As a parent we can see when our kids are making a mountain put of a mole hill but somehow our vision is jaded as well in some situations too.

    • March 21, 2018 / 6:29 PM

      IT can be but I think it is good to show our kids how to handle stress as adults

  65. March 20, 2018 / 11:56 AM

    Going along with writing it down, I actually like to send myself an email and keep them in a folder! My hands don’t seem to write fast enough to keep up with my thoughts anymore.

    • March 21, 2018 / 6:28 PM

      Ooh that is such a great idea. I know some people who send letters to themselves

  66. Rosey
    March 20, 2018 / 2:07 PM

    Exercise is such a huge stress buster! It is always my go-to, even when I don’t have time, I carve it out. Exercising outside? Even better!

    • March 21, 2018 / 6:27 PM

      Even better. I legit just got back from a walk and it made such a difference for me today

  67. March 20, 2018 / 3:26 PM

    Learning to say no is definitely a great way to deal with stress. I used to always be so worried I was letting people down and having a whole host of stress at work because I wouldn’t say no. Once I learnt how to my life suddenly improved.

  68. March 21, 2018 / 4:57 AM

    Being able to say no and ask for help from others does help out a great deal. But the one that seems to help in almost any situation is the exercise. I know you don’t want to do it when you are stressed out. But it helps so much.

    • March 21, 2018 / 6:23 PM

      Saying no does help and it also doesn’t mean that you are a bad person either.

  69. March 21, 2018 / 6:55 AM

    I joined the gym this year and I have noticed a HUGE change in my stress levels just through exercising! On the days I can’t exercise I really feel that my stress levels are higher!

    • March 21, 2018 / 6:18 PM

      Wow. That is great that you have joined the gym. Exercise really is a fantastic way to deal with stress

  70. March 21, 2018 / 6:00 PM

    Great article. I’m struggling right now with stress and anxiety. I found that starting to exercise is a great way to relax, I start swimming. I also like to write the to-do list down, and kinda focus on what is important and to try not to get down if I don’t finish everything. It’s nice to read more tips. I also want to take a break from everything. Maybe soon I will be able to do that.

    • March 21, 2018 / 6:09 PM

      I am sorry to hear that you are going through such difficulties right now. It’s good that you have a few ways to cope and I know that once you do get to take a break from it all you will be okay

  71. Chuck
    March 21, 2018 / 8:07 PM

    Agree with all of these. I myself do exercise when I feel stress either from work or home and it really helps a lot.

    • March 26, 2018 / 7:18 PM

      That’s great to hear. Exercise really is an awesome stress eliminator.

  72. March 28, 2018 / 10:15 AM

    Great advice. I have started exercising as a way to deal with stress and I can honestly say it works. It really does.

  73. March 28, 2018 / 10:35 AM

    I agree that it is important to ask for help when you are feeling overwhelmed. Too often we suffer in silence when we have others around us we can turn to for support.

    • April 9, 2018 / 4:18 PM

      Exactly. No one can help you if you refuse to say something

  74. April 9, 2018 / 3:08 AM

    Stress is huge and I am trying hard to destress. It’s hard but your tips will help it be a bit easier.

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