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6 Ways to Minimize Stress

Learn how to control stress. Don’t let stress control you.

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1. Pause and refresh

When you’re at work and you’re having one of those moments where you’re ready to kick over the water cooler, take a moment. And to prevent those inevitable freak-outs, try and pause for 5 or ten minutes every 2 or 3 hours. Stand up, stretch, and get fresh air. Meditate.

6 Ways to Minimize Stress

Also, throughout the day, try drinking an excessive amount of water and organic herbal tea. Not only is water great for flushing toxins out of your body, but it’ll force you to take more frequent bathroom breaks, which equates to more time away from your desk to help recalibrate your brain.

2. Try to take things one at a time

All day long, we’re multi-tasking to get a million things done. And sometimes, it feels like there is just not enough time in the day, week, or year. Well, that’s life. Embrace it. And instead of panicking about everything you have to accomplish this millennium, try to limit your anxiety to what you need to get done today. You have all day to worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.

3. Give yourself some credit

I’m awesome. Go ahead, say it out loud. This may sound a bit narcissistic, but it’s important for us to recognize the accomplishments that we have made each day – no matter how insignificant they may seem. When we are stressed-out, everything around us seems chaotic and we get disappointed because we cannot put things in order no matter how hard we try. By giving yourself a little credit, it may give you an extra boost of optimism and that kick-in-the-ass you need to just get things done.

6 Ways to Minimize Stress

4. Make every day a “healthy” day

While smoking cigarettes, binge drinking, then sitting around all day eating Cheetos may sound fun, your system and your stress levels won’t agree. Going to bed by 10pm and getting regular physical exercise are basic steps of any stress reduction program because they helps calm the nervous system. Sustained exercise, like aerobic, produces more of the natural soothing hormone endorphins in the body.

Healthy balance can also be achieved by reducing our sugar intake. Too much sugar can deplete B-vitamins, which are essential for a healthy nervous system. More importantly, we have a tendency to stress out about our skin, our weight, and our overall health – so why torture yourself via self-destruction? Feeling good about our health and our bodies gives us one less thing to stress about.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 128 Comments

  1. Benjamin Goodman

    As a busy working husband, aside from my kids to go home to, I found one good outlet to release my stress, and it is thru NBA. I spend maybe half to an hour of my time playing NBA on my Xbox and I somehow feel relax after. I am also thankful that my wife understands this. #goodwifeandgodgame

  2. Judith Jones

    When I am stressed, I feel like my body is restless and so I just indulge myself in physical activity to divert my attention. After working out or playing a sport, I can think clearer and I feel more relaxed.

  3. John Lineberger

    I always have a headphone in my bag or desk. When my day at work is getting stressful I use my break to listen to my favorite songs and just close my eyes and feel the music. I do not how music works but it makes my mind calm all the time.

  4. Geraldine Pettigrew

    Some people say that drinking can help you forget your problems. At first, I thought it is true. But it isn’t. It will only numb you from thinking because of the alcohol and then the next day your problems are still there plus a headache. So I guess avoid alcohol when stressed and you might even think about a better solution to your problems.

  5. Earline Wilham

    Be thankful! Instead of focusing on your problems and what you do not have, count your blessings. Remind yourself how blessed you are for having a job, a home and food on your table. when you focus on good things, stress is nothing.

    • Joyce Shealy

      Agree! Be positive. Count what you have and what you can do. We should be thankful that we are even alive each day we wake up. #toGodbetheglory 🙏🙏🙏

  6. Martha Walker

    Yes! Let us give ourselves some credits for doing good in whatever we do. Especially to moms like me, taking care of kids is not easy and definitely stressful. If your husband doesn’t compliment you then always remind yourself that you are doing great in taking care of your family. You deserve it girl! #wondermom

  7. Cheryl Cox

    In today’s technology, social media can be dangerous at times but in my case, it is also my best tool for handling stress. When in doubt, I usually post something and then it is so nice to get a fresh perspective while keeping my mind preoccupied. Reaching out to the people who love and care for me is a great outlet to release stress.

  8. Janice Wood

    Breathe in, breathe out. My colleague used to tell me this when she sees me so stresses out and I thank her for that. Taking short breaks in between a stressful work is really helpful. What I do is that I just go to the bathroom and look at myself in the mirror and pat myself and say “I can do this” or “I am good at this” and then I just feel re-energized. Knowing when to take a pause is really helpful to beat stress.

  9. Chelsea Handley

    I just wish that I am like any of you who can handle stress easily. I really struggle when and stress beats me down often times and I feel so sorry for myself. Even if I cry and shout it out, I don’t usually feel better after. Sometimes I just feel like giving up because of too much stress. #lifeisunfair

    • Shirley Flores

      Oh dear, do not ever feel like giving up. Life can be unfair at times but you can do better. I am pretty sure that you can still find ways to fight stress. I will include you in my prayer.

  10. Karen Hyde

    I found meditation the best way for me to relieve my everyday stress. I feel that my body is heavier and my mind is clouded when I didn’t meditate. So, I make sure to give time to meditate before I sleep at night or as soon as I wake up.

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