It may not be possible to remove the stress from your life; however, managing your stress may help you to get things done. Below are some ideas for managing stress:
- Be aware — monitor your levels of stress and ask whether they are helpful or getting you down.
- Take stock — think about things in your life or pressures you place on yourself that may be increasing your stress.
- Take charge — deal with unhelpful sources of stress before they build up and become a bigger problem.
- Make choices — look at areas in your life where you could manage your situation better or change the way you respond.
- If you’re already feeling stressed, consider postponing major changes like changing jobs or moving house.
- Sort out any personal conflicts or relationship problems by communicating honestly and seeking counselling.
- Spend time doing things you enjoy.
- Try to avoid long hours at work. Learn to say no.
- Try to avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine.
If you’re feeling stressed, it’s a good idea to have a general health check with your doctor.
Recognising the signs and symptoms of stress will help you figure out ways of coping and save you from adopting unhealthy methods such as drinking or smoking.
You can talk to your doctor about ways to help you bounce back and become more resilient to stress.
- Learn how to deal with stress with This Way Up's stress management course.
- ReachOut.com's Breathe app.
- Mindspot's wellbeing course which aims to reduce stress and anxiety.
Not sure what to do next?
If you or someone you know are finding it difficult to manage mental health issues, try healthdirect’s Symptom Checker and get advice on when to seek professional help.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
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Last reviewed: September 2019