Some stress is normal, healthy even! But other times stress can leave us in tears. If you're on the teary-eyed end of the spectrum, test out these 7 things to relieve that stress and find your happy again.

We all get stressed out from time to time. Experiencing stress is normal, healthy even. But then there are those times when it seems like the stress is too much for too long. When you’re just that stressed out, your world feels like it is closing in on you.

When it becomes too much, it is hard to live with that much stress plaguing you, making it difficult to function, both physically and emotionally.

Not only does stress have negative effects on our emotional stability, but it also affects us physically. This is why it is so important to know how to manage your stress levels, especially as stress compounds over time.

Some of the physical side effects of stress include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Obesity or weight gain
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Hair loss
  • Skin problems (acne, psoriasis, eczema)

The thing about stress is that no matter how you life your life, it’s impossible to completely avoid experiencing stress. Even when you make it through stressful time there is something that will inevitably happen to make you stressed out again.

But there are things you can be doing to help you get through those ups and downs in life that are causing you so much stress.

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Here are 7 actions that can help you relieve your stress:

1. Mediate

Mediation is one of the best natural stress relievers you can do for yourself. It helps decrease blood pressure, improves your immune system, helps improve your mood and decreases anxiety. These are just a few of the many benefits you can get from meditation. And it only takes a few minutes out of your day to achieve these benefits.

If you need help there are great apps out there that can help you stay on task like Stop, Breathe, & Think and Headspace.

2. Slow Down

When we are stressed out we often forget to slow down. If you don’t slow down your body will break down and leave you with a weak immune system, which means you are more likely to get sick.

Maybe mediating is how you slow down. Maybe it is a 20-minute catnap. Maybe it is listening to some upbeat music and dancing around your office. Whatever it is do something that will make you slow down and take a few minutes of “me time.”

3. Ask For Help

If you are stressed don’t be afraid to ask your support system for help. Your family and friends are there for you when you need to vent or need some help to manage that stress. Often we feel like we have to do it all on our own but the truth is no one person can do it all without help.

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4. Write It Down

This is one I do most often when I am stressed. Sometimes there are so many thoughts and feelings moving around in your head that it make it hard to express yourself or let go of the little things. Writing it down with help you clear your head and organize your thoughts so that you are not thinking about everything you have to do all at once.

5. Feel It

You just have to let yourself feel whatever emotion you have. Whether you want to laugh or cry. I find most often crying helps. I may cry at episode of Fuller House, but in real life situations I will hold it in. But that is not going to help. Sometimes letting those flood gates open is just what you need to relive some of that pent up emotion behind the stress.

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6. Exercise

Sometimes you just need to sweat it out. Exercise is good for stress because it will help you physically, like making sure you have a strong heart and lowering your blood pressure.

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It also releases endorphins into your brain, which make you happy. I also like working out when I am stressed because it is “me time” and it gives me a chance to sort through things going on in my head. I always feel better after a good burn in the gym.

7. Do Something Fun

When are stressed out we often forget to have fun. So go out and do something you like to do. It could be hiking, happy hour, cooking, or seeing a movie. Whatever it is just get out do it for you. Because no matter what is going on in life we all need to have a little fun!

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How do you handle stress?