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What are healthy ways to fight stress?

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Stress is my personal leading cause for weight gain. Whether it be from work, school, or just being an adult. Any ideas for healthy (not costly or very time consuming) to battle stress. #stress ##adulting #weight-management

1. For 1day, every time you feel stressed, record a short video on your phone talking through why you’re stressed (30 seconds or less). 2. After 1day, watch all of the videos and write down why you were stressed.For example, “I have a HUGE project due tomorrow.” Let’s call these the ‘Stressors’. 3. Next to each Stressor, write down what needs to happen to alleviate the stress. Same example, “If I work only on my project for the next hour without any distractions, I can finish my project.” Let’s call these the ‘Solutions’. 4. Next to each Solution write down something that you will give yourself after you complete the Solution. Still using the same example, “After I work ONLY on my project for an hour, I will go to the movies with my friends.” Let’s call this the ‘Reward’. Julia Le Gendre, SHRM - CP
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Fiona’s Answer

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I'd recommend four things - meditation, yoga, fishing and painting. For meditation, I'd recommend using the app Headspace. For yoga, hiphop yoga surprisingly helps stress because it truly takes your mind away from whatever you are thinking at the moment. For fishing, it's not for everyone, but it's almost a form of meditation. The ocean is a very calming force that helps with the mind. Lastly, painting is a great way to find stress relief, don't worry about it if you haven't done any of these before, you might enjoy it more than you expected.

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Virginette’s Answer

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I follow a handle by a nutritionist on Instagram - @meowmeix. She gives practical and easy on how to feel good every day.

I also set aside time to make sure I clear my head through meditation or yoga. I use an app for meditation (Calm), but you can just as easily do this by taking a walk (going outside and getting sun does wonders!). Exercise and sleep are your friends.

Reach out to friends and make sure you connect with people who care about you. Sometimes just venting helps - and they can often think of solutions to the stressors in your life.

Finally - start a gratitude practice. For all the things that stress us out, sometimes it's good to think about the things that we're grateful for (friends, family, pets, the fact that you lead a privileged life.) When you think about and focus your energy on what you have- the stressors seem so small in comparison and it skews your perspective to remember that life is more than just about getting ahead.
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Diana’s Answer

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You may want to start with what you are doing that might be causing the stress that you can control. Are you overworking, overexercising, over caffeinating? Those will all do it among other things. Then think about how you wake up... do you go immediately to your phone? That is stressful. Instead, wake up, and try smiling (even if you don't want to; which you won't), then list 3 things you're grateful for in your head; and then try adding an intention/mantra that will take you into your day. I like something like "Life is fun and easy and there is plenty of time for everything." Try to take that in and practice saying it ALL day. Do you meditate? If not, try it. Just a minute of closing your eyes, deep breathing, and allowing your stressful thoughts to just fall away temporarily is a great stress reducer. Do it consistently and its magice. You may think you don't have time for relaxation and play, but the truth is that life will flow, answers will come, and things will just "happen" to work out much better if you prioritize yourSELF and your own mental health. Without that, what's the point anyway? Set time first thing in the morning and then before you go to bed to honor your inner world so to speak. And finally, look at WHY you're stressed. What are you trying to "achieve?" and why do you want it?? If you get it at the expense of your happiness in life, is it even worth it? How can you make it better? Journal on that one! There is no "quick" fix in a sense because most people want to just continue push push pushing and then take a pill to make them feel better, but the answer is actually even simpler. Just take time out to breathe, and reflect and take a shower, and stop listening to those incessant stressful thoughts in your head.


Diana recommends the following next steps:

  • Wake up in the morning and smile, say three things you're grateful for, and repeat a mantra to start your day "Life is fun & easy and there is plenty of time for everything." (*Don't open your phone or computer until after you've set the tone of your day.)
  • In the middle of a stress outbreak, BREATHE. In for 5,hold for 5, out for 5 hold for 5. Repeat 10 times while allowing your thoughts to just take break.
  • Pay attention to the habits that cause more stress (too much caffeine, work, to do lists, over-exercise, crappy relationships etc)
  • Meditate. I love the app called Insight Timer.
  • Be kind to someone randomly.
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Kelly’s Answer

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Working out always helps me de-stress, even though it is sometimes hard finding the time to do it. Getting outside and going to a little walk can also help. Being with friends or family to get your mind off of the stressful topic.
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Kana’s Answer

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Since the classic exercise and hobbies have already been mentioned,

I want to share how I meditate:
1) Naming 3-5 things that you're grateful for
2) Forgiving 3-5 things that happened
3) Imagining what a bright future you'll have tomorrow

Thought it was stupid when I first started, but it's really made a difference putting things into perspective (gratitude), recognising and letting go of any buildup negativity, and looking forwards to the future!
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Shelia’s Answer

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You have some excellent advice from on this feed. I would only add that you can benefit from getting adequate sleep, moderate exercise and a good diet. Creating lists and using a calendar to schedule things are important can help you to say focused and worry less. If there are environmental factors that are causing you stress, step back and determine what the source is. Find a confidant (BFF), therapist, teacher, pastor, parent or guardian that you can talk to help you tackle issues head on. All the best to you and take care of yourself!

Some of my favorite ways to fight stress include trying to eat healthy, exercising, and spending time with family doing fun activities. Eating healthy and exercise will give your body a better chance to fight off stressers. Family activities like playing games or even eating meals together, help to build a better bond which can relieve stress. Thomas Turner
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Rob’s Answer

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I would say that the best way to manage stress would be to develop some general stress-relieving habits, and then targeted tactical actions to deal with acute stress-inducing scenarios.

For the general stress-relieving habits, it's going to depend on what helps you feel better. Researching mindfulness is a great place to start, and then applying those mindfulness practices toward your daily life. For example, you can use mindfulness and meditation to help identify that maybe eating certain kinds of foods contributes to your stress, or else if skipping exercise does that, etc.

Those mindfulness practices can also help you to identify if there are specific situations (e.g., a looming deadline) that is ramping up the stress. With that awareness and knowledge, you can then make some decisions about what targeted actions you can take to reduce or eliminate that situation.
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Kevyn’s Answer

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Finding the root of your stress is key, so the above answers are very good in giving you those suggestions. I listen to podcasts at work that help with my stress. I listen to podcasts hosted by comedians that I know will make me laugh. When I laugh it reduces my stress. Hopefully it does the same for you.

Kevyn recommends the following next steps:

  • Joe Rogan Podcasts
  • Joe Santagato (The Basement Yard)
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Shiraz’s Answer

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Excellent questions Sarah. I think it is best to first identify the source or sources of your stress. Once these are identified then I would ask myself why are these causing me stress. I would also understand why I am allowing myself to be overpowered by these elements. Then, it would be best to remove the thing that causes you stress from your day to day life, or to remove your self from an environment if it causes you stress. Additionally, you could identify things that allow you to be happy, engaged, and fulfilled, and do more of it in your life, within reason. I have found that talking to a spouse, partner, or friend can help a lot in reducing stress. Exercise is another good outlet of stress. Many people find meditation or a hobby to be helpful. Regularly disengaging and taking a break or vacation can also help.
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Brenda’s Answer

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One healthy way for me to manage stress is to get outside-sometimes just the fresh air helps to calm my nerves. Being active also helps-go for a walk/jog/run or a bike ride.
You can also reduce stress with a healthy diet-fruits and vegetables instead of cake and candy.
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Christian’s Answer

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Stress is something everyone deals with, and also something everyone deals with differently. They all are long processes that aren't going to give you overnight results.
Somethings that have helped with stress reduction are things like meditation, exercise and time to yourself. While you might say "Oh i dont have time to do those" remember, the time you spend being stressed and moving around or doing stressful activities can be changed to spending time on yourself. The most important thing is to focus on yourself and what is going to get you healthy.
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Stephen’s Answer

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Exercise! Has the double sided benefit of physical health but the natural endorphin release combined with the focus needed and relaxed state after is a unique, easy and fun way to let go of stress in a positive way.

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Michael’s Answer

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Meditation, regular exercise and complete attention to a hobby or activity work great for me. For meditation I use apps that provide guided sessions Headspace and Waking Up are the 2 I've used the most. I good workout always helps to release excess energy. And I am always the least stressed when I am completely immersed in an activity I enjoy. It really can be anything, gaming, a great movie, listening to music or enjoying time with family. Whatever gets you to completely focus and be present without worrying about the things that are the cause of your stress.

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Aaron’s Answer

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Stress is ever present as anyone will tell you. Try to think about the problem or issues that are stressing you out, and determine whether it is in your control. If it is out of your control, is it worth worrying and stressing out? I know that is easier said than done, but stressing about things that are out of your control is something you can never get out of. Those things you do have control over, I find it best to talk with someone about the issue to develop strategy to over come the stressor. Exercise is always something that will help as it releases endorphins which we all know is the happy hormone! It also will take your mind off of your stress, helping you to come back at a later time refreshed and ready to tackle your stress points

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Ryan’s Answer

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I would say that exercising, eating healthy, getting plenty of rest, and taking time just for yourself are some great ways to fight stress in a healthy and cost free way.
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Kevser’s Answer

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Hi Sarah,

Sports is an amazing way of getting rid of stress.

Running and walking are both great options. You don't have to spend a lot of time and it is for free.

Good luck!
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Jeremy’s Answer

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I would say therapy is a great way to manage stress.  Mostly all insurances cover therapy sessions with a small copay (usually $25 per session).  Weekly or bi-weekly sessions are most effective for an hour each.  Not overly time consuming and not expensive.  Invest that small amount of time and money in yourself.  Good luck!

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Mari’s Answer

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Walking 30-45 minutes a day will do a world of good. Practicing breathing each also will help every day.

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Alisha’s Answer

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Wake up and be positive, exercise, eat healthy and spend time with my family.

Hi Alisha. When you were in High School, did you use these methods to deal with stress? Or are these things that you've learned over time? Jared Chung BACKER
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Bridie’s Answer

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Google the practice of pranayama breathing. This is a great way to quickly de-stress.

https://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/breathing-pranayama-techniques
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Karen’s Answer

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Exercise is always a good stress release.  You don't have to spend a lot of money or belong to a good gym but just get outside and get moving.  Even if you start w/ a walk per day.   I also find that stepping away from electronics and doing something that just makes you happy will be helpful.  Spending time with family or friends.  If you work - do something completely different from your career path when you get home from work. it will help expand your skills while relaxing.

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Brenda’s Answer

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Meditation, working out, proper nutrition, sleep, self development

Developing a consistent routine can be very helpful in fighting stress. Plan out what goals you may have to help you out, whether it be working out and eating right! It's also great to have an accountability partner! Chris Irby
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James’s Answer

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I have been running for almost 10 years and it has reduced my stress level significantly. Any sort of exercise is a good stress reliever. It has been scientifically proven.

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rena’s Answer

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Exercising always helps me when I'm stressed. Jogging is an inexpensive way to exercise. Buy the best pair of running shoes you can afford and get outside....it helps!
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Beverley’s Answer

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Meditation and exercise have always worked best for me. I made the commitment to excercise 20 minutes first thing in the morning. And BEFORE I touch my phone. It really helps!

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Tracy’s Answer

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Exercise and eating right.

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