My generation seems to have a serious problem with stress;  sometimes I go entire days listening to conversations centered around how stressed my classmates are.  I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best at dealing with stress, either.  However, I've dealt with it so much lately that I've figured out a few tricks to counteract the negative effects it can have on one's body and mind.  My theory is that if I can win a few key battles against stress, I'll be one step closer to winning the war.

Prep For A Day

1. Stop Everything:  If you've ever been in a stressful situation, you know that your mind is very tempted to make any small issues snowball into catastrophic problems.  The best way to keep this from happening is to stop whatever you're doing, step back, and take a breather.  After all, you can't fight the symptoms of stress if you still feel overwhelmingly stressed.

2. Make A List:  I've found that I become stressed the most easily whenever I feel as though I have too much on my plate.  If you can relate, the best advice I can give is to make a list.  Prioritize everything you have to accomplish, and check things off as you complete them.  Being able to actively visualize your progress will give you an even greater sense of accomplishment.

3. Take A Break:  Still feeling stressed?  Time allowing, it would be a good idea for you to completely remove yourself from the situation.  Take just enough time to clear your mind and calm your nerves so you can be ready to get back to work.

4. Keep Your Focus:  When you feel ready to face the situation again, make sure that you keep your end goal in mind.  Distractions won't help you finish the task, and your inability to finish it will probably end up making you even more stressed.

5. Reward Yourself:  After you've overcome a huge challenge, make sure to give yourself a pat on the back.  Whether it's with ice cream or a movie night, reward yourself--and your efforts will reward themselves.

Stress is a part of life, it's true-but that doesn't mean you have to let it knock you down every time it comes your way.

How do you fight stress?



  1. I am an avid list-maker, I don't know what I'd do without them!
    xo, Syd

  2. i totally agree on making a list! i find that when i get stressed, sometimes all it is, is a matter of perspective. so, if i make a list, i can get my priorities in order. it also helps with productivity. thanks for sharing your tips!

    choose to make today great!

    1. I agree! I can't really go a day without making some sort of list.

  3. Insert the clapping emoji here {}. Good Post!-Katelyn

  4. I LOVE these tips! Making to-do lists is my favorite!


    1. Don't we all love lists? Thanks for reading!