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Is Stress Consuming You? Here’s What to Do

Are you one of the many Americans consumed by stress?

Stress can come from many factors. Whether it’s worrying about our children, our job, or our health, stress can be persistent and often quite overwhelming.

As life’s demands increase, our ability to manage stress diminishes. We can become chronically stressed which affects our moods, our relationships, our motivation and ultimately our health.

So, what can we do to deal with stress?

Here are a few suggestions and general tips to deal with the growing list of demands life offers.

Have a Positive Attitude – “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” This saying equates to what having a positive attitude is all about. Being able to stay positive and upbeat during tough times may be the one sure fire way to turn things around. When we can learn to manage our attitude and outlook by being optimistic and hopeful, we have a leg up on the negative mentality that stress produces.

Be Flexible – If there is one thing certain in life, it’s that unexpected things will happen and plans will ultimately change. Learning to stay present and mindful during these moments offers much peace of mind. Develop patience and the ability to just to “Be” and sit quietly. Don’t get consumed with how everything “should” be, but instead roll with the punches and try your hardest to make the best out of every situation.

Exercise – Making time to exercise and take care of ourselves is a primary way to neutralize stress. Whether you have a strict workout routine or simply take a walk during your lunch hour or afternoon break, get moving and stay active. Do something outdoors to enjoy the sunshine, or learn some simple yoga poses to stretch and release tension.

Breathe – When we get emotionally distraught our breathing becomes shallow, rapid, and noisy. To neutralize this stress response, learn deep breathing to stop the cycle. This can reduce tension and bring your body back to equilibrium. Make your breathing deeper, slower, quiet, and more regular. This can offer a quick and convenient way to calm your mind and body.

Laugh – When all is lost, keeping a sense of humor can really lighten up a situation. Add more humor to your life by watching funny movies and video clips, or reading funny stories and spend time with someone who will make you laugh. Find some amusement to brighten your mood. The ability to laugh at one’s self offers much relief. Laughter delights the soul and brings joy to the heart.

These are just a few suggestions to deal with stress. Find something that works for you and that fits into your schedule so you know you can utilize it.

Any other suggestions to deal with stress?

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Is Stress Consuming You? Here’s What to Do

Joe Wilner

Joe Wilner is a life coach, licensed clinical psychotherapist (LCP), and drummer from the band Yes You Are. He is also creator of You Have a Calling, a blog and online community helping people discover and pursue their life’s work and mission. Through deep and personalized coaching, he helps ambitious, creative, and spiritually minded individuals make a greater impact, grow as leaders, and design a soulful life they are inspired by.

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Wilner, J. (2011). Is Stress Consuming You? Here’s What to Do. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 23, 2020, from


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