Dealing with Stress and Anxiety


Every now and then you may be stressed or anxious, whether it is about work, school, exams, family or just being stressed about life. You may feel there is nothing you can do about being stressed, but there is. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control. There are many ways to manage stress and anxiety so, once you regain control, it will be all about taking charge of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems.

Tips to manage anxiety and stress:

  • Go for a walk

Get outside, breath in fresh air and relieve your mind. Spend some time to reflect and ponder upon nature. This may help to bring peace to your mind as allow you maintain a positive attitude.

This is also my personal way to relieve stress as reflecting upon nature keeps me calm and brings comfort to my heart.

  • Talk to others about your anxiety This may be your friends, family or others you are close to. Whilst speaking to them, it is important that you let out your thoughts and feelings to help you relax.
  • Write out your thoughts and what you are thinking

This may help you relax and calm a little as your head will be lighter without the anxious thoughts.

  • Set aside relaxation time.

Make sure you allow yourself to relax and have some rest. This is vital to help you function throughout the day. Don’t allow other obligations to invade. This is your time to take a break from all responsibilities and recharge your batteries.

  • Welcome fun and humour                                                                                                 

Do something you enjoy every day. Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be stargazing, listening to music, reading a book or watching movies or comedies.

  • Get enough sleep.

When you are stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally. Sufficient sleep will fuel your mind, as well as your body.

  • Eat a healthy diet.

Well-nourished bodies are more prepared to manage stress and anxiety, so be mindful of what you eat. Make sure your diet is balanced especially keeping up the fluid levels throughout the day as we all know that 70% of the body is made up of water.

  • Maintain a positive attitude

Try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

It is important to learn what triggers your anxiety and must know how to avoid it.

REMEMBER: Work smarter, not harder, try to be positive and accept the things you cannot change.

Waheena Ahmed, 14