Stress comes in many forms and affects the body both physically and mentally.  When an individual has a high level of stress in his or her life, the systems of the body do not function properly.  The nervous system will lack efficiency and the digestive and circulatory systems will be negatively impacted by stress.  High levels of stress have also been shown to alter hormone secretion, can be linked to certain mental disorders and can cause someone to become tired, irritable and lethargic.  In this article you will find five effective and tips to manage stress levels.

Don’t worry about things you cannot control: This is something you may have heard before, but it reigns true.  If you are unable to control something then you should not spend time worrying about it.  Your worry will only lead to higher stress levels and because you cannot do anything to change your situation, your stress levels will continue to rise. Instead, use this extra energy to do something constructive such as clean the house, run errands, or completing other chores.

Workout: Working out is a great stress reliever.  It helps dissipate energy and also raises your body’s natural serotonin levels.  Losing yourself in a workout is also a great way to get your mind off of a situation.

Talking: Simply discussing your problems with a close friends or family member can help.  A fresh set of eyes can see a situation in a different light than those entangled within a situation.  They can provide insight in a way that you may be lacking.

Prepare: Preparation is key.  The better someone is prepared for a situation, the more confident he or she will feel.  This applies especially for things such as competitions, job interview, public speaking, and test taking.  So go into a given situation knowing you have exhausted all of your resources and are as ready as you will ever be to be successful.

Make time for yourself:  People often get consumed with responsibilities and never create time for themselves.  This often leads to being over worked and reduces the amount of time an individual spends on hobbies and other things that they love to do.  Make “Me Time” a priority and schedule it into your week.  This will help create value in yourself and the things you love.  If you aren’t creating time for what you value and enjoy, no one else will.


Stress can really have traumatic effects on a person’s overall wellness.  By understanding and applying these five tools a person is sure to become more successful at positively handling stress levels.