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YOU may feel that there’s nothing you can do when you’re stressed out. Piles of assignments are waiting to be submitted, bills won’t stop coming and, most importantly, your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding.

Stress will come when you feel you have too much on your hands. But no matter how stressful life is, there are steps to help you overcome the situation without feeling overwhelmed.

Say “stress-free” to yourself whenever you are in that situation. This can help you manage stress but if it is out of control, it’s time to take action.

Exercising can help drive negative thoughts away.


Stress management can teach you healthier ways to cope with stress, help you reduce the harmful effects and prevent you from spiralling out of control.

No matter how powerless you feel when stressed, you still need to control your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions and the way you deal with problems.

Stress management can help only if you recognise the source of stress.

When you have too much stress, it may cause you to panic, as noted by researchers at Brown University in the United States, who found that some stressful life events caused panic attack symptoms to increase gradually over time, rather than trigger an immediate panic attack.

The cure for stress is in yourself. There is little you can do to prevent stress but there are many things that you can do to manage stress, which includes:

Learn to relax

When receiving a task, we should not feel grumpy and frustrated but change negative thoughts to positive ones. Take it easy.

Exercise regularly

Try to incorporate regular exercise into your daily schedule. Pick an activity you enjoy and one you are most likely to stick with. Exercising can drive your negative thoughts away.

Alter the situation

You need to express your hurt or sadness to those you are close to or comfortable with. Never bottle up your feelings. If you don’t voice it out, resentment will build and the stress will eventually increase. Manage your time better, plan your life. Do not overextend yourself. It will be easier to stay calm and focused.

Healthy diet

Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to handle stress, so be mindful of what you eat.

Avoid those who stress you out If someone consistently causes stress in your life, just avoid them. Limit the amount of time you spend with the person. This is because stress can be easily absorbed by the person who is listening to the problem.

Lastly, maintain a cheerful disposition and stay positive. Learn to forgive and accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world and that people make mistakes.

Let go of anger and resentment, and move on.

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