17 Ways To Relieve Your Stress

1. Never discuss politics or religion with just anyone. Be firm on this rule. Maybe, under very strict circumstances, discuss with select, intelligent individuals. I promise, a debate on these topics with an ignorant person will raise your blood pressure to heights it’s never seen before.

2. Stop hanging around the friend, who isn’t really your friend — that gets on your nerves regularly. They might be tricky to shake if they’re associated with someone who you’re close to, but avoid spending your “happy time” around any folks who make your blood boil habitually.

3. If the opportunity arises, pay bills in advance. Any extra money not spent wisely, immediately after it is acquired, will often be wasted on unnecessary purchases. That may be fine and dandy, but if there comes a time where you’re behind on expenses, you’ll regret it.

4. If you want to text or call someone — do it. Disregard two day rules, “buts” and “what ifs.” Most of the time, too much thought is put into these decisions.

5. Don’t commit to anything, unless you absolutely have to or unquestionably want to. Far too often we agree to attend an event, or provide a favor that we’d honestly rather not. When the day to fulfill that promise is approaching, we freak out. It’s much easier to give a “maybe,” that way if you bail — you’re not considered a flake. Nobody likes a flake.

6. Avoid falling victim to procrastination’s temptation. It’s typically appealing in the moment, but its lasting effects aren’t so pleasant. That time spent lazily doing unproductive shenanigans, could’ve been utilized finishing the work you’re presently stressing over.

7. If you’re going to wear white, bring a piece of backup clothing. Something about white magnetizes spilled drinks or dropped food (particularly anything covered in barbecue sauce) directly toward it. The staining is inevitable, so be prepared in advance.

8. Make a conscious effort to be punctual. Running late never fails to get you worked up. It’ll seem like every light is red, every car is slow, and every minute is a second. To avoid cussing out stoplights and drivers, give yourself ample time to arrive at your destination.

9. Don’t invest too many feelings in reality television contests. Whether it’s Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race or one of those “finding love” competitions (e.g. The Bachelor) — avoid developing a strong liking for the contestants. Eventually you’ll find yourself entirely devoted to the show, scheduling your day around its new episodes and caring immensely who is eliminated.

10. Have a “Treat Yourself” day. If you’re not familiar with the concept, watch the video below.

11. When building furniture or equipment, just read the directions. All it takes is one incorrectly done, or overlooked step to ruin the entire assembling process. Even if you’re a connoisseur of construction, give the instructions a speedy skim — it could be potentially saving you some aggravation.

12. If you’re currently in an unhealthy relationship, that is headed nowhere fast, force yourself to cut ties. It’s obviously easier said than done, but if you know that it’s only a matter of time until it’ll dissolve, do it now. The temporary struggles immediately after your breakup may sting, but that’s less stressful than living unhappily involved with someone.

13. Don’t throw parties at your place. There’s far more at risk to be lost than gained. Intoxicated people tend to vomit, urinate, and be noisy, clumsy or inconsiderate. Why would you want someone with those characteristics putting your home in jeopardy? The other problem is the uninvited guests that’ll show up. One mass text can result in a party full of strangers. Save yourself an abundance of stress by attending parties as opposed to hosting them.

14. Quit comparing yourself to others. You don’t have to have a higher paying job, be as smart, or as good-looking as everyone else out there. Seeing others be successful should inspire you — not obliterate your confidence and give you anxiety over your fading opportunity to accomplish lifetime goals.

15. Save any document you’re working on as you work on it. Losing a lengthy essay, or graphic that you spent hours working on is so disappointing. Don’t ever allow yourself to experience the frustration. Between flash drives and the simple option of clicking “file,” followed by “save,” there are very few reasonable excuses for losing a file.

16. Know the business hours of the places you have to be. For one, you don’t want to be that guy, entering and roaming around Blockbuster four minutes before closing time. Secondly; finding out that the store you need items from is closing soon, will momentarily send you into a mad dash. You’ll make hasty decisions to get in, and out — but it’d be a lot easier if you stayed informed of these little things.

17. Sleep with the light on if necessary. We’ve all had that night where our mind insists on playing out various terrifying scenarios, as soon as we lay our heads to rest. Or the times when we wake up in a cold sweat as a result of a nightmare. Hell — it could be something as simple as hearing a creak or bump, that leaves you with an eerie feeling. Whatever the case, sometimes you may need a little light to ease the tension. It could be slightly embarrassing, but it beats laying in bed wide-awake and on edge. TC Mark

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  • Becky

    who goes to blockbuster

    • Casye

      Seriously, this is the second article this week that’s mentioned Blockbuster. Aren’t they out of business?

  • tiff

    why 17?
    you only need one: 90 minutes of yoga

  • tiff

    also, you’re a wuss if you’re afraid of discussing politics and religion.

    • Kevin

      Or you’re just not an abrasive egotist

      • Kate

        Haaa! Best comment.

  • Katie

    This is great advice–but it’s not really to relieve stress; it’s to prevent it.

  • http://khungchiuming13.wordpress.com khungchiuming13

    Reblogged this on Never Stop Learning. and commented:
    6. Avoid falling victim to procrastination’s temptation. It’s typically appealing in the moment, but its lasting effects aren’t so pleasant. That time spent lazily doing unproductive shenanigans, could’ve been utilized finishing the work you’re presently stressing over.

  • http://www.jerkmagazine.net mealz1042

    This was good, but I would have liked some more active options. These are all sort of stress prevention tips, as apposed to things to do to relieve the stress you already have (as promised by the title.) Anyway, not a bad article, but you should go for more DOs and less DON’Ts.

  • http://jvictoriasanders.com/ Joshunda

    This is fantastic. I love the suggestion to walk away from frenemies and dead-end relationships.

  • http://twitter.com/iamnzane Marissa Zane (@iamnzane)

    I don’t want to be the trollcritic who posts negative, irrelevant things on TC articles (there’s enough of those around), but I was honestly really bothered by the use of punctuation in this article. Maybe I’m just in a particularly grammar-conscious mood, but I couldn’t stop noticing the oddly placed commas and frustrating use of dashes in place of commas.. They’re not interchangeable!

    I don’t know if the Thought Catalog editors are as comma-crazy as I am (probably not), but I thought I should note how frustrating it was to me.

    • guest

      you seem stressed. reread the article.

    • Molly

      Thank you! I was just about to comment on the misuse of commas and other punctuation in this article. The grammar mistakes were highly distracting, and served to make me really irritated with the article as a whole. Also, the entire list seemed sort of cliched and preachy. People who are late to things or who don’t read instructions don’t act as they do just because they haven’t read a useful article telling them to do otherwise. Overall, I found this a somewhat disappointing article.

    • JR

      I had the same problem with this article. I was good, however, I just couldn’t get over the awkward punctuation.

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  • ct

    A couple of these give me an idea for another stress handling how-to: prevent stress by being a self centered prick. I almost feel silly posting this but I’m just bored enough at work and really, these two kill me!:
    -don’t commit to anything because backing out makes you look flakey? guess who else looks flakey… the friend who always says maybe incase something better comes up.
    -don’t ever have a party? yes and then wait until your friends have one, but be sure to hint about the big plans you have the next day so they dont even THINK about asking you to help with clean -up…Stressful!

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  • ray

    you’re* :)

    • ray

      oh wait i am drunk

  • Ana

    I liked this list.

  • http://JackofAllTradez.wordpress.com williamthehalo

    Number 8 is so true

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  • Grizzle

    nice article! enjoyed a lot of these tips, and the last one especially haha I find that when I think of depressing and terrifying shiz, I’m not too fond of being in the dark…

  • Nic

    there’s only one thing that annoyed me: the fact that those are all tips to avoid stress and not relieve it.

  • reggie

    Thanks for compiling this great list, but you forgot to mention the easiest and most effective stress-reliever: laughter! When I’m hit with a stressful situation at my office at Dish or anywhere, it always helps to step away for a quick break. I have the Dish Remote Access app, which connects my iPad to my home TV through the sling adapter, so I can fit in a quick chuckle to my favorite shows where ever I’m at. Parks and Rec is usually my top choice. I’m sure you can see why because that clip you featured is absolutely hilarious! It’s truly amazing what a simple smile can do when it comes to relieving stress!

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    Reblogged this on Jag Media Worldwide and commented:
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