Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Amber J. Guidry

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Visualize something that calms you down. Make a concerted effort to gain control of your thoughts and focus your efforts on positive and happy things, people and places. Rather than just reciting in your mind the name of the activity that brings you pleasure, try to actually picture yourself doing it. Practice this every day. You’ll find that it will come in handy as a calming tool when stress creeps into your life again.

Focusing on improving your health can help reduce your stress. This includes checking your diet for nutritional content, getting regular aerobic exercise and eight hours of sleep. All of these will reduce your stress level. Taking good care of your body will let you feel more at ease and not get stressed out about minor things.

Music can be a fantastic stress reliever if you work in an environment that allows you to listen to your tunes whenever you want. Try and play music that is lower in key, as this has been shown to better soothe you. If you prefer upbeat music, stick to something that has happy lyrics and a fun tempo. Relationships with other people are central to your life, but they can still pose difficulties. Interacting with a pet is much less stressful than with humans. It is also very relaxing. Sharing a moment with a pet provides a soothing, often humorous and always healthy break in your day. A good way to spend some time relieving stress is to do some arts and crafts. Any activity that requires you to be creative, such as writing, drawing or painting, is beneficial for clearing your mind.

Getting stress to the point where it doesn’t affect you that much, takes a lot of preparation and a lot of soul-searching. It’s possible, if you keep in mind that you control your thoughts and that stress is only a visitor. Don’t let stress stay and you’ll be a happier person very soon.

Monitor your stress. Stress that becomes excessive to the point where it takes a toll on your daily life can frequently lead to depression. To avoid getting to this point, try to eliminate as much stress from your life as possible. Learn to say ‘no’ to others, and be sure to surround yourself with positive people and things. Try to use humor as a coping skill, as research indicates that this helps to reduce stress.

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