9 Suggestions for Coping with Stress

Stress as defined by Merriam-Webster

1. constraining force or influence: such as a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation…

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. It is a natural part of life to experience stress on some level. But, then you have the major stressors: job loss, death of a loved one, car accidents, or living through a natural disaster. There are so many uncontrollable events happening constantly that it can help to develop coping skills. We all have a sense of self-preservation and we find ways to survive stressful times whether consciously or sub-consciously. Most of us just want to get back to living our normal. The good thing is there are things you can do to help yourself get through stressful times and maybe come out better and stronger for the experience. Here are 9 suggestions for coping with stress.

1. Using Diet and Exercise when coping with stress.

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It sounds so simple but when you think about what you eat and how much you exert yourself physically, are you taking care of the basics? It has been proven in various studies that exercising regularly for at least 30 minutes 5 times per week can offer tremendous benefits to your body and brain. That includes alleviating stress. On the other hand, experiencing chronic stress can have a seriously detrimental impact on your health. Psychology Today says stress causes changes in various parts of the body that can lead to illnesses such as heart disease, compromised immune system, and even cancer.

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2.Using Social Connections to cope with stress.

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If you have friends, family, or associates you can confide in then talk to them. Sometimes just talking through your feelings can help ease the stress. You may also learn about resources you didn’t know existed. There are still many anonymous programs where you can connect with people that may be experiencing something similar. Lastly, talk to a therapist or psychiatrist if you find yourself struggling through a tough life event that keeps you in a state of chronic stress. If you are in a crisis here is a link from Betterhelp for urgent resources.




3. Get off the grid to cope with stress.

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If you are able, take a luxurious vacation where you are able to unplug, relax, and regroup. If you can’t get away then take a stay-cation (at home) by turning off the electronics (TV, phone, computer, etc) and allow yourself time to work through and/or let go of whatever is bothering you. 

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4. Pets to help you cope with stress.

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Hanging out with dogs, cats, and so many other animals can be very therapeutic. They not only help you focus on something outside of yourself they are also responsive. There are few humans that will greet you with the enthusiasm that dogs tend to show their owners. Being with our soft, furry nonjudgmental friends can be a natural stress reliever.




5. Avoid alcohol while coping with stress?

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It is sometimes suggested that you avoid alcohol because alcohol is a depressant and can make you feel worse, especially if you overindulge. Like most drugs, it can become an addictive escape that is used too frequently. It is much better to deal with your problems than run away. However, if you are a responsible adult a drink or two to take the edge off and help you relax could be exactly what you need. It can help you to mentally withdraw from whatever is causing you stress. Afterward, you may have a clearer understanding of what is needed to change things for the better. We are all different and you must choose the tools that work best for you. 




6. Restful Sleep to cope with stress.

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It is important that you get enough sleep. A good nights sleep will help you function better. Restful sleep gives your whole body time to recover and rejuvenate. If you are too stressed out to sleep try exercising for 30 minutes or more.


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7. Using Meditation | Spirituality to cope with stress.

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Being spiritually grounded can help reduce stress. There is a calming effect in the belief that there is a higher power or that your own focused energy can resolve the situation to your benefit. Meditation is a powerful tool for reducing stress. There are many physical benefits to practicing intentional focus regularly. You should take action to resolve your issues however at some point we must let go and allow events to play out.



8. Using People to cope with stress.

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If the stressors come from specific people then whenever possible minimize those interactions. Sometimes we get stuck with people that drain your joy like a glass of water with a hole in the bottom. There are many books on how to improve relationships and if you can change the dynamic for the better, great! But, if they constantly leave you feeling worse, then be mindful of who you give your time to and lean into those people that make you better.




9. Selfish Activities to cope with stress.

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Do something you absolutely LOVE!! Listen to joyful music you LOVE!! Find something that really brings your heart joy and be present in that moment. It is almost impossible to feel joy and be stressed out at the same time.

Please share what works for you in the comments.

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