6 Ways to Minimize Stress

Learn how to control stress. Don’t let stress control you.


1. Pause and refresh

When you’re at work and you’re having one of those moments where you’re ready to kick over the water cooler, take a moment. And to prevent those inevitable freak-outs, try and pause for 5 or ten minutes every 2 or 3 hours. Stand up, stretch, and get fresh air. Meditate.

6 Ways to Minimize Stress

Also, throughout the day, try drinking an excessive amount of water and organic herbal tea. Not only is water great for flushing toxins out of your body, but it’ll force you to take more frequent bathroom breaks, which equates to more time away from your desk to help recalibrate your brain.

2. Try to take things one at a time

All day long, we’re multi-tasking to get a million things done. And sometimes, it feels like there is just not enough time in the day, week, or year. Well, that’s life. Embrace it. And instead of panicking about everything you have to accomplish this millennium, try to limit your anxiety to what you need to get done today. You have all day to worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.

3. Give yourself some credit

I’m awesome. Go ahead, say it out loud. This may sound a bit narcissistic, but it’s important for us to recognize the accomplishments that we have made each day – no matter how insignificant they may seem. When we are stressed-out, everything around us seems chaotic and we get disappointed because we cannot put things in order no matter how hard we try. By giving yourself a little credit, it may give you an extra boost of optimism and that kick-in-the-ass you need to just get things done.

6 Ways to Minimize Stress

4. Make every day a “healthy” day

While smoking cigarettes, binge drinking, then sitting around all day eating Cheetos may sound fun, your system and your stress levels won’t agree. Going to bed by 10pm and getting regular physical exercise are basic steps of any stress reduction program because they helps calm the nervous system. Sustained exercise, like aerobic, produces more of the natural soothing hormone endorphins in the body.

Healthy balance can also be achieved by reducing our sugar intake. Too much sugar can deplete B-vitamins, which are essential for a healthy nervous system. More importantly, we have a tendency to stress out about our skin, our weight, and our overall health – so why torture yourself via self-destruction? Feeling good about our health and our bodies gives us one less thing to stress about.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 195 Comments

  1. Avatar of Elsie Thompson

    Elsie Thompson

    Thank you for all these tips you are helping me so much through a dark time. Keep it up.

  2. Avatar of Howard Lopez

    Howard Lopez

    Thank you, I stress a lot and I need to learn how to stop stressing or at least minimize it.??

  3. Avatar of Hannah Rose

    Hannah Rose

    My problem is that I have negative thoughts and I don’t know how to bring them out of my mind.

  4. Avatar of Terry Moore

    Terry Moore

    Your advice is good for what it is but I have a better one, just grab some joint, that’d do the trick.

  5. Avatar of Jimmy Coleman

    Jimmy Coleman

    Thank you for helping me. I don’t think I can handle it. I get stressed easily. Of course, I try to hide it from everyone but I can’t lie to myself I’m actually stressed.

  6. Avatar of Renee Bryan

    Renee Bryan

    Thank you, you helped me realize my problem??, how to deal with it and figure out a solution.

  7. Avatar of Leticia Bass

    Leticia Bass

    ☺☺I’m glad I came across this post It really made my day.

  8. Avatar of Freda Spencer

    Freda Spencer

    Once you make the conscious effort to start being happy, To just let the rest of the drama melt away, and start doing more of the things you love, woah you are going to radiate! so simply put if you don’t want to be stressed then don’t be stressed! Be happy and say bye to stress, literally just stand on your kitchen table and yell “bye stress” any time you feel stressed.

  9. Avatar of Carlos Watson

    Carlos Watson

    An angry impatient mom always stresses me out. I have a feeling that I want to run away and play ghost for a couple of days.

  10. Avatar of Mamie Thomas

    Mamie Thomas

    What about some people who have lost their family in the war or any kind of nature accident? How do they should feel better?

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