6 Ways to Minimize Stress

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


Stress plagues our everyday lives. It’s sad, but true. When we’re not worried about dodging deadlines at work, weaving through strangers on hot, overcrowded subways, or precariously avoiding family drama, we’re stressed about what to wear to that party on Saturday, and how on earth we’re going to make time to get our nails done before then.

The fact is, stress is everywhere, and it permeates all aspects of our everyday living.

6 Ways to Minimize Stress

And if you’re anything like me, getting bad news can take the relaxation out of my sails and make something as pleasant as a stroll in the park or a day at the spa somehow “stressful.” While I’m not trying to be Polly Pessimistic, it’s something that we have to embrace and deal with. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing we can do to help mitigate the unpleasantness and succumb to the terrors of stress (which for me, includes sleepless nights, terrible skin rashes, internal havoc, and periodic eye-twitching).

Because stress is but a mere symptom of our physiological and psychological breakdown, we can still alter the situation and manage to keep our sanity before things turn awry. When we learn to recognize and deal with burnout, we will have the power to do what we actually want and take better care of ourselves.

Being mindful of your stress, and integrating different practices into your daily routine can help minimize the likelihood that you’ll have a nervous breakdown. Here are some ways you can keep control of your stress throughout the day:

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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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 195 Comments

  1. Avatar of Elsie Thompson

    Elsie Thompson

    Thank you for all these tips you are helping me so much through a dark time. Keep it up.

  2. Avatar of Howard Lopez

    Howard Lopez

    Thank you, I stress a lot and I need to learn how to stop stressing or at least minimize it.??

  3. Avatar of Hannah Rose

    Hannah Rose

    My problem is that I have negative thoughts and I don’t know how to bring them out of my mind.

  4. Avatar of Terry Moore

    Terry Moore

    Your advice is good for what it is but I have a better one, just grab some joint, that’d do the trick.

  5. Avatar of Jimmy Coleman

    Jimmy Coleman

    Thank you for helping me. I don’t think I can handle it. I get stressed easily. Of course, I try to hide it from everyone but I can’t lie to myself I’m actually stressed.

  6. Avatar of Renee Bryan

    Renee Bryan

    Thank you, you helped me realize my problem??, how to deal with it and figure out a solution.

  7. Avatar of Leticia Bass

    Leticia Bass

    ☺☺I’m glad I came across this post It really made my day.

  8. Avatar of Freda Spencer

    Freda Spencer

    Once you make the conscious effort to start being happy, To just let the rest of the drama melt away, and start doing more of the things you love, woah you are going to radiate! so simply put if you don’t want to be stressed then don’t be stressed! Be happy and say bye to stress, literally just stand on your kitchen table and yell “bye stress” any time you feel stressed.

  9. Avatar of Carlos Watson

    Carlos Watson

    An angry impatient mom always stresses me out. I have a feeling that I want to run away and play ghost for a couple of days.

  10. Avatar of Mamie Thomas

    Mamie Thomas

    What about some people who have lost their family in the war or any kind of nature accident? How do they should feel better?

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