Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to things that upset your balance. Studies show that most people experience some type of stress throughout the year.  “When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response.” The problem comes when we have non stop stress and the release is constant.

Signs of too much stress:

•Digestive distress
•Chest pain and racing heart
•Mood swings

Determining the cause of your stress is your first step.  After identifying the cause is the time to start working on strategies to deal with them.  Often it is as easy as staying away from the neighbor who drives you nuts, or turning off the news.  If you can’t avoid the stress inducer, then next step is to figure out ways to live with it.

Don’t try to do it on your own.  Join a group who is going through the same stress as you, seek help from family and friends.   You may also benefit from daily practices that encourage stress reduction, like mindfulness, prayer, meditation, yoga or just going outside to enjoy nature..

In our world, it is unrealistic to expect stress to disappear from your life.  Managing stress isn’t a one day thing.  With consistent effort,  you can learn to manage your levels of stress and increase your ability to handle the challenges that bring stress.

Relieve Stress by:

•Proper nutrition
•Enjoying nature
•Getting away from the cause
•Take a break

What are some of the ways that you relieve stress?



  1. Hayley Hobson

    I love relieving stress by practicing yoga and Pilates. I also find that I am far less stressed when I get a good night’s sleep, so I always make sure I am getting not only enough sleep, but QUALITY rest. Our body needs that REM sleep to truly function at its highest potential.

  2. Rommy

    My #1 stress reliever is deep long exhales because I can do it anytime anywhere. #2 – laughter…love it! Great tips, thanks Cathy!

    • Cathy

      Rommy, I am surprised by how those long deep breaths can immediately reduce stress! Laughter is the best! Thanks ~Cathy

  3. keren

    My stress reliever is my yoga/Pilates practice. I also enjoy a good book or a funny movie.

  4. Aliza Chana zaleon

    My favorite ways to deal with stress are deep breathing and using lavender essential oil! I love the smell, and its calming, soothing effect!

  5. Angela Privin

    Stress is ever present in all our lives. These are all great suggestions to relieve it. Nature works wonders for me and I also practice Qi Gong, which is a moving meditation that not only teaches you how to let go or stress, it helps you see and feel the joy and light in life. Not only am I less stressed, I find that I am so much more grateful in my life since starting this practice. An interesting and unexpected side effect.

  6. Wendy

    I relieve stress by taking a long hot bath, chilling with my kids and/or husband or friends, breathing exercises, reading, and taking time to be grateful for what I have.

  7. Audrey | LotusPowerHealth

    When I am stressed, I love to meditate or play with my cats. I also use Emotional Freedom Technique as a way to understand where my stress comes from and release it. I find the technique very efficient and powerful.


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