7 Ways To Cope With Stress
Start writing a post

7 Ways To Cope With Stress

Anxiety's a b*tch so let's kick her out of our lives.

7 Ways To Cope With Stress
Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

We've all been there, so here are 7 strategies to cope when it feels like the world's coming down around you.

Practice the 5-4-7 Breathing Technique

Sit down in a comfortable place, close your eyes and start to take deep breaths. Inhale through your nose for 5 seconds, hold it in for 4 seconds, then exhale out your mouth for 7 seconds. It may seem a little weird at first, but after 5 or six breaths, your heart rate will slow down, and you will feel more relaxed.

Color your Stress Away

Take some time out of your day to get out a piece of scrap paper and draw something! If you're like me and have absolutely no artistic ability, print out a coloring page off of google images and get to work. Amazon even has adult coloring books solely for reducing stress for less than ten dollars. Just by concentrating on coloring inside the lines, and deciding what color to use next, your mind will be tricked into forgetting about whatever is stressing you out that day.

Move your Body!

You'll be surprised how much faster or stronger you seem when you work out under stress. All that worry can be converted into energy for physical movement. Whether you want to run, lift, dance, or sing, any type of activity can release the stress build up in you.

Write in a Journal

If something is causing you worry, making you nervous, or even sad or angry, write it down. It doesn't have to be perfect writing, grammar, or even spelling. Just the act of writing your thoughts down on a piece of paper releases those thoughts from your head so they don't have to reside there anymore.

Play a Game

Take a study break and download a free game on your phone, work on a puzzle, or play solitaire. Anything to give your mind a little break from that big test coming up. Make a little schedule for yourself: Study, do work for 30 minutes, then take a ten minute break to play a game. This technique is proven effective, plus it makes everything a little easier.

Cry it Out

Put on some sad music and cry it out. People have emotions! It's alway ok to cry when you are upset. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but it does make you feel better. Afterwards, drink some water and keep going! You are a strong person and whatever it is that is bothering you, you will get through it! I find that everything seems to work out in the end.

Talk to Someone you Trust

This one might be a little hard to do, but sometimes all you need is a hug and for someone to say "It's gonna be ok." Find someone you know you can trust, and have a vent session. I know you may think that you don't want to bother your friends with your problems, but quite the opposite can occur. If you take turns telling each other what's on your mind, it can be a really bonding experience.

Whatever it is you are going through, know that it will pass, and if you feel that you are at a low, there's nowhere to go but up. Stay strong!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
The 100 Things Millennials have ruined: A Comprehensive List

Millennials: the generation everyone loves to hate. The babies of 1980 to 1995 take a lot of heat. I mean, we inherited a crashed economy, earn stagnant wages, live with crippling student loan debt, and try to enact change in a rigged system but our affinity for avocado toast and use of technology has wrecked society as we know it! As a tail end millennial, I wanted to know what I was ruining and, like any other annoying millennial would, I did some research. I scoured the internet, read online newspapers and scrolled through every listicle I could find. So, in case you needed another reason to resent the millennial in your life, here are the 100 industries we've killed, things we've ruined or concepts we've destroyed.

Keep Reading... Show less

Anxiety Doesn't Discriminate

This month, Odyssey brings about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community.

Anxiety Doesn't Discriminate

It's no secret that even in 2018 our country still struggles with discrimination of all kinds. Society labels individuals by the color of their skin, heritage, religion, sexuality, gender, size, and political beliefs. You are either privileged or you're not. However, here's the thing, anxiety doesn't care about your privilege. Anxiety doesn't discriminate.

Keep Reading... Show less
College Boy Charm is Real and it's Very Sexy

After surviving a year of college and watching "Clueless" countless times, I've come to the conclusion that college boy charm is very much a real thing and it's very very attractive. It's easiest explained through Paul Rudd's character, Josh, in "Clueless". The boy who has a grip on his life and is totally charming. In this article, I will list the qualities of a specimen with College Boy Charm, to help you identify him at your next party or other social events.

Keep Reading... Show less

Tik Tok Stars: Worth the Hype? or Overrated?

As Tik-Tokers rise to fame, do their 'copy-cat' dances deserve the clout?

Tik Tok Stars: Worth the Hype? or Overrated?

Oh, the wonders of social media. Trends come and go just as quick as a story on Instagram, everyone posting for their shot at fifteen minutes of fame, and the ever growing following of a new type of celebrity- social media influencers and content creators. Everyone who owns a smartphone probably has Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and now Tik-Tok, as it's growing to be a major social media platform for teenagers and young adults. Tik Tok became popular in the United States in late 2019 and since then has grown a considerable amount. Personally, I was one to make fun of Tik-Tok and say it was a dumb app like Musical.ly or Triller, and now months later, I spend more time on it than I do on Instagram.

Keep Reading... Show less

Because self confidence is sexy

And as a woman, I want us all to love ourselves a little bit more today.


Women have such high standards to live up to today. We’re expected to do and be so much. The great Tina Fey said “Every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes." This quote is not only hilarious, but also incredibly true! How many of you feel insecure every time you walk on campus, or every time you walk into a party? Even the girls you think are perfect are insecure. Everyone has flaws. Sure some flaws may be more exaggerated than others, but that doesn’t mean that the girl still feels bad about them. My point here is that it doesn’t matter how “perfect” you are, what matters most is how “perfect” you feel.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments