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Managing Stress Successfully

Margaret Minnicks makes a living by writing online about entertainment, celebrities, books, movies, foods, drinks, health, and spirituality.


Most people go through periods of stress because it is the body's built-in warning system that prepares it for other things that might happen. All stress is not bad and usually can be managed if people know some simple tips that are described below.

Stress becomes a problem when it happens often, lasts a long time, and interferes with daily activities.

Stress: Defined

Before one can manage stress, it is helpful to know what stress is. The simple meaning is that stress is a mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

Stress can be a physical or psychological response to a threat, whether real or imagined, as well as a sudden change in a person's usual routine.

Causes of Stress

People become stressed because of different reasons. For instance, some people have job-related stress. Some people become stressed because of failed relationships. Debt is at the top of the list of reasons for most people's stress.

Knowing the causes of stress can help people manage it better and perhaps minimize it. It is almost impossible to say that stress can be avoided completely because everyone has occasional stress.

Not Just Negative Things

It is no doubt that stress is usually associated with negative things, such as the loss of a job, getting a divorce, or having financial difficulties. Most people think stress is only related to negative things, but even positive things can cause stress, such as getting a new job, getting married, having a baby, or moving into a new house.

Stress can be a persistent problem that causes people to be uptight, moody, frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, irritable, and mentally drained. When people feel that way, they lash out at unsuspecting people for no apparent reason.

No matter what the cause of stress is, there are proven ways to manage stress successfully. Learn what those ways are.


Identify Your Stressors

Before you can manage stress, you must identify your stressors. In other words, find out what triggers stress in your life. Once you know what your stressors or triggers are, you are in a better position to stop stress in its tracks.

There are some common stressors that affect most people. However, some people know how to manage those stressors before they have a negative impact on their lives.

The three big stressors, as listed above, are not limited to the following:

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  • jobs
  • relationships
  • finances

Ways to Eliminate Short-Term Stress

No matter what causes stress, it is a real thing that should be and can be managed. There are proven ways to eliminate or minimize short-term stress.

  • Take a walk.
  • Listen to pleasant music.
  • Laugh at a comedy on television.
  • Take a hot shower or a relaxing bath.
  • Have a drink of water or warm tea.
  • Complete word puzzles.
  • Watch a game show and play along with the contestants.
  • Dance like nobody is watching.
  • Do deep breathing exercises.

Ways to Eliminate Long-Term Stress

In order to keep stress at bay on a long-term basis, you can do the following:

  • Maintain a good relationship with those around you such as your family, friends, and co-workers.
  • Avoid stressful situations as often as you can.
  • Take a break from negative people.
  • Participate regularly in physical and mental activities.
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Maintain healthy eating habits.
  • Don't eat junk food.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Take time to relax.
  • Enjoy "me time."
  • Do something you enjoy every day.
  • Keep other people's problems off your plate.
  • Learn to say "No" when you don't want to do what others insist.
  • Be positive and optimistic.
  • Be flexible.
  • Stop being hard on yourself.
  • Praying, meditating and journaling will make you calmer.
  • Know your triggers and avoid what you know will cause stress.
  • When you feel stress coming on, begin to breathe slowly to activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Remind yourself of the dangers of stress.

It might be a temporary fix to take a pill, drink alcohol, indulge in smoking cigarettes, or taking drugs. What you think will eliminate stress will only make you more stressed out when the temporary fix is over. Then you will have an additional problem.


A Surprising Way to Manage Stress

Surround yourself with house plants to reduce your stress level. Studies have shown that house plants should be in every house to help improve your general health and your mood in a number of ways.

Having plants around can help to combat stress, depression, and other negative emotions. In fact, many businesses add plants to their office environments to help their staff manage stress.

The science behind house plants being able to help people manage stress goes back to days in the wild when people had to find vegetation in order to stay alive. Seeing large patches of green meant the areas were rich in natural resources, and food, hydration, and nourishment were available.

People still have a similar response to seeing plants because of parasympathetic nervous system activation. Heart rates slow down and people become more relaxed and receptive to positive things. Seeing the color green has the same effect on some people.

There are other benefits of having plants around. One is that they can help to improve creativity. Having plants around helps students, teachers, and other people discover more creative solutions to problems.

Plants can also help to boost general health by cleaning the air and increasing oxygen. That's why we should keep a few plants around the house.

For Additional Reading

Managing Stress

Plants to Have Around the House

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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