170 Stress Management Techniques for 2017

Managing stress is something that we all have difficulty with. We encounter stress triggers every single day of our lives. Whether it’s work, family, or school, stress is always present and waving it’s ugly hand in our direction. Despite the way it might seem, stress doesn’t have to rule your life.

Even the richest and most successful people in the world deal with stress just like us.What separates the happy people who enjoy life from the people that are miserable and constantly have headaches is the way that they deal with stress. Since stress is unavoidable, we’re going to work on managing it.

In my efforts to figure out ways to manage stress, I’ve compiled a list of 170 stress management techniques that you can implement in your life to help keep the stress in your life to a minimum. The list includes things you can do to prevent stress and what you can do to help relax once you’re stressed out.

As silly as some of them might seem (like playing paddy cake), you’ll be amazed by how effective they are.

170 Stress Management Techniques

  1. Don’t hold grudges.
  2. Don’t procrastinate— do it now!
  3. Watch YouTube videos of cute cats.
  4. Smile.
  5. Don’t be afraid to say “no”.
  6. Go to a private place with nobody around and scream.
  7. Drop an F-bomb.
  8. Think about your achievements.
  9. Try to be excellent, not perfect.
  10. Do Aromatherapy.
  11. Breath slowly.
  12. Use a stress relief toy.
  13. Get a support network in place (friends & family).
  14. Avoid secondhand stress.
  15. Go to work earlier.
  16. Set aside time every day to do something fun.
  17. Take a nap.
  18. Turn off all electronic devices, sit down and just exist for 10 minutes.
  19. Plan ahead.
  20. End one bad habit.
  21. Clean your room.
  22. Stop trying to control everything.
  23. Don’t take everything so personal.
  24. Stop over analyzing situations.
  25. Focus on one task at a time. Try Single-tasking.
  26. Don’t worry about things that haven’t happened yet.
  27. Be honest with people.
  28. Take 10 minute breaks at work.
  29. Stop judging others.
  30. Don’t grind your teeth.
  31. Don’t add new tasks to your to-do list until you do one thing on it.
  32. Don’t invest your time in energy into everything.
  33. Exercise at least 3-4 days a week.
  34. Stop stressing over bad decisions you’ve made in the past. What’s done is done.
  35. Hug your loved ones.
  36. Start believing in yourself.
  37. Quit being a pessimist.
  38. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  39. Take a break when things get too difficult.
  40. Play paddy cake with a kid (or adult).
  41. Drink tea.
  42. Watch a great movie.
  43. Try an adult coloring book.
  44. Cry.
  45. Stop stressing about why you’re so stressed out.
  46. Get a massage (or do it yourself).
  47. Go for a run.
  48. Leave work early if you can.
  49. Watch a cooking channel.
  50. Cut negative people out of your life.
  51. Stop checking Facebook and Twitter so often.
  52. Think of yourself as a winner.
  53. Start writing a journal.
  54. Don’t rely on chemical substances.
  55. Stop trying to memorize everything. Write stuff down.
  56. Backup your computer regularly.
  57. Have someone you can vent with.
  58. Learn a new hobby.
  59. Set attainable goals.
  60. Make funny faces.
  61. Cook a real meal and enjoy it (I’m not talking about Eggo Waffles).
  62. Stop talking so much and start listening.
  63. Don’t be the center of attention.
  64. Wake up 10-15 minutes earlier than usual.
  65. Go to sleep 30 minutes earlier.
  66. Develop a sense of humor.
  67. Realize that not everyone will like you.
  68. Break large jobs/tasks into smaller manageable ones.
  69. Learn more about what you need.
  70. Compliment someone.
  71. Stop waiting for tomorrow.
  72. Realize that the grass is not always greener.
  73. Make sure you have a plan B.
  74. Make being happy a priority.
  75. Don’t worry about getting ahead at work.
  76. Whistle or hum a catchy tune.
  77. Dance.
  78. Avoid becoming addicted to things. Do everything in moderation.
  79. Spend less time on the internet.
  80. Step outside and just breath in the air at least twice a day.
  81. Realize that there is always another option.
  82. Stop having all the answers.
  83. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know something.
  84. Listen to calm soothing music.
  85. Don’t hold in farts, urine, or bowel movements.
  86. Screen phone calls sometimes.
  87. Stop trying to reply to every email immediately.
  88. Become more aware of your surroundings and nature.
  89. Eat foods that help fight stress.
  90. Do something nice for someone else every single day.
  91. Drop unnecessary commitments.
  92. Tell your loved ones you love them as often as possible.
  93. Have someone you can confide in.
  94. Don’t let others pressure you.
  95. Don’t invite drama into your life.
  96. Don’t live vicariously through others.
  97. Play a video game.
  98. Take 10 deep breaths once every hour.
  99. Help others when you can.
  100. Don’t answer your phone (texts and emails included) while you’re eating.
  101. Don’t answer your phone (texts and emails included) during bed time.
  102. Play with your children or pets every day.
  103. Try to get your body to learn to wake up so you don’t rely on an alarm clock.
  104. Don’t blame other people for your mistakes or problems.
  105. Stop taking yourself so seriously.
  106. Try to be early for appointments so you don’t have to stress about being late.
  107. Try to have peace of mind.
  108. Don’t think about what you could have done.
  109. Find your creativity.
  110. Surround yourself with positive people.
  111. Complain less.
  112. Eat slow and savor your meals.
  113. Don’t try to rush through life.
  114. Keep your energy levels up.
  115. Inhale calm, exhale tension.
  116. Identify your stressors and try to avoid them.
  117. Drink less coffee.
  118. Stop smoking.
  119. Don’t get involved with issues that don’t involve you.
  120. Don’t engage in gossip.
  121. Think positively.
  122. Get regular checkups at the doctor. 90% of illnesses are stress related!
  123. Don’t focus on what has to be done tomorrow.
  124. Don’t think of everything else you have to do, focus on everything you’ve done.
  125. Listen to your favorite music.
  126. Go for a walk.
  127. Don’t worry about minuscule details.
  128. Schedule your time reasonably.
  129. Don’t live to please others.
  130. Don’t try to change other people.
  131. Learn that Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  132. Remember that things are never as bad as they seem.
  133. Practice acceptance.
  134. Don’t argue with ignorance.
  135. Project calmness.
  136. Try to develop a stress free attitude.
  137. Use more positive words and less negative words.
  138. Don’t try to do everything at once.
  139. Be inspired, not envious.
  140. Eliminate things from your life that make you upset or angry.
  141. Stop trying to get everyone to agree with you.
  142. Walk away sometimes.
  143. Avoid “what if’s”.
  144. Think of challenges as opportunities.
  145. Remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
  146. Practice gratitude.
  147. Stop eating fatty unhealthy foods.
  148. Stand up and stretch at least once every hour.
  149. Go for a drive.
  150. Congratulate yourself when you accomplish something.
  151. Work smarter, not harder.
  152. Use a stress ball.
  153. Soak your feet in warm water.
  154. Learn t’ai chi.
  155. Go for a swim.
  156. Watch stand up comedy.
  157. Laugh out loud.
  158. Meditate.
  159. Organize a closet or cabinet.
  160. Delegate tasks.
  161. Volunteer when you can.
  162. Join a social group.
  163. Call a friend and chat.
  164. Go to the park and sit on a bench.
  165. Read a book.
  166. Light candles or incense.
  167. Practice positive affirmations.
  168. Take responsibility.
  169. Don’t live your life in competition with someone else.
  170. Think about one of your favorite memories from childhood.

Give these stress management techniques a try the next time you’re feeling stressed out!