By Ashley

Let’s face it, these days stress has become a major issue in many of our lives, and contributes to how we interact with each other on a daily bases.



If not dealt with properly, stress can lead to a number of long term health issues such as, obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety and even gastrointestinal issues. Believe it or not, there are some very simple ways to combat stress and even extend our lives.



  1. Exercise- Studies have shown that exercising regularly is not only healthy, but is an excellent way to combat stress. Activities such as walking and yoga are great ways to release muscle tension. Other activities like kickboxing, spinning and dancing are also great ways to blow off steam.
  2. Writing- Keeping a journal is said to be an effective form of therapy. Writing your thoughts out and feelings down daily can help you to pinpoint what is causing the stress in your life and can help you figure out ways to cope with these stressors.
  3. Do Something Fun- Take yourself on a date. Investing time and attention to yourself will also help take your mind off of the many stresses in life. Doing things that you enjoy like hobbies or hanging out with friends may help you to relax and loosen up, and have a few laughs. They say laughter is the best medicine!
  4. Meditate- Meditation and deep breathing help you to focus your thoughts and relax. Meditating for a few minutes daily can greatly improve your focus and help you to better cope with stressful situations.
  5. Coloring- Coloring is not just an activity for children. I personally enjoy coloring even as an adult. There is no coincidence that there has been an increase in the sale of adult coloring books worldwide. Coloring is said to boost mental clarity, stimulate the brain in the areas that relate to the senses and motor skills. It has also been used in many cases as a way to help with anxiety.


Stress is something that will probably never go away, as it is simply just a part of life. However, if you put some of the coping methods above in practice, you may find that the level of stress that you experience may not be as bad as in the past and may help you be a happier and more productive person.

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