Self-Coping Methods for Stress and Anxiety
Updated: Apr 5
1. Exercise daily
Exercising can help you feel good and maintain your health.
2. Focus on your breathing
Inhale and exhale slowly throughout the day when you are feeling stressed.
Inhale through your nose to a count of 5 and then exhale out your mouth to a count of 5.
3. Positive Talk
“I will get through this”
“This feeling will pass”
“ I am feeling anxious, but I know how to get myself out of this”
4. Muscle Relaxation
According to Psychology Today “Stress causes our muscles to tighten and become tense. To increase a relaxed state and physical comfort, tighten and release muscles beginning with the largest muscle group".
5. Eat Properly
Stress robs the body of water, soluble vitamins, and nutrients. Always eat properly, but especially so when under stress.
6. Talk It Out
When something bothers you, don’t bottle it up. Confide in some level-headed person you can trust. Talking things out helps relieve your stress, helps you see your worry in a clearer light, and helps you find a way to deal with it.
7. Escape for Awhile
It is perfectly realistic and healthy to escape from your stress long enough to recover breath and balance, as long as you are prepared to come back and deal with it when you are feeling more composed.
8. Take One Thing At a Time
For people who are stressed, an ordinary workload seems unbearable. The load looks so big that it seems impossible to tackle any part of it. Decide which things are most important to tackle and do them first. Then the rest won’t seem so overwhelming.
9. Do Something for Others
This should shift your focus from your worries to something/someone else. That may be all you need to feel better.
10. Avoid Small Annoyances
Try to eliminate small stressful situations. For instance, get up earlier to avoid having to hurry or rush in the morning.
11. Break the Tension Cycle
Close your eyes and picture yourself floating on a cloud or lying on a beach.