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Stress is a killer, and yet, as a society, we have only just started to realize how important it is to openly deal with this issue. Here are a few simple tips for dealing with your stress.

What is stress, and how it affects people differently

Stress is the body’s response to various pressures that you feel; if it’s new, unexpected, anything that feels threatening, it can cause you stress. Based on your emotional makeup and upbringing, these pressures or stress can affect people differently. The body generally uses its flight or fight response, and based on which response and the particular instance, this natural response can be good or bad. For example, the stress one feels when giving a speech or in a difficult work situation may help motivate you to achieve, it’s short-lived, and the body will cope. For longer-term stress or extreme stress caused by normal daily activities, it is worth getting help from a professional. Here are a few anti-stress tips that may help you.

Tips for dealing with stress

Speak about stress

Although you may feel like you are alone in the way you feel, remember that everyone has some level of stress, and one of the best ways of working through it can be with communication. It may be hard for many of us to talk openly about our fears and anxieties, but it can be an enormous relief once we do. Especially when we find that other people feel the same, they can help us overcome our problems as we share and discuss these with them. 

Know your triggers and avoid them

Failing this, learn how to deal with them. There are certain situations that will cause you to feel intense emotion. These could be anything for different people and can cause heightened levels of stress. You need to know what these are for you. For some, it can be as simple as a personal interaction,  an argument, or public transport that causes feelings of discomfort and anxiety-related stress. Know what these are for you personally and either avoid them or use the other tips herein to overcome the stress or minimize it.

Look for natural remedies

There are a lot of natural remedies for stress out there. Some tried and tested, and others that are not as reputable. Just as stress affects us differently, so too do some natural remedies, so be sure to start slowly, with low doses, and only after doing your research thoroughly. A good starting place to research natural stress remedies is, with some good FAQs and information.


The manner in which you control and are aware of your breathing can and will go a long way to relaxing you in moments of heightened stress. It’s a common response to exasperation:- ’Just breathe,’ and it works. Be mindful of your breathing and slow the process down. Deeper breaths that allow the heart rate to slow are one of the best ways to relax and allow the stressful moment to pass.

Everyone will experience stress at some point in their lives. If it is extreme, long-term stress that causes an inability to function normally in your day-to-day routine, then professional advice must be sought. The secret will be to know yourself, know what stresses you out, and learn to deal with it or avoid these situations if you are unable to use the mitigating strategies presented above.