Stress may often seem inescapable, plaguing our minds and impacting our physical health. If you feel this way, know that you are far from being alone.

In fact, in the UK, over 50% of people report being stressed daily, and around 75% of adults have reported feeling so stressed at one point over the past year that they are overwhelmed or unable to cope.

It would be misleading to claim that there is a definitive ‘cure’ for stress, however there are measures we can take that may offer you relief. Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Meditation is a powerful stress buster. To begin with, it may seem challenging, and your mind will likely race, however with practice you will reap the rewards. It helps us create more harmony, give us more energy, and opens the door to a deep sense of fulfillment. Over time as you master the skill of meditation, you will be able to shut down your mind and enjoy the peace.

  2. Be active! Any kind of physical activity releases endorphins and will help to take your mind off your stress and onto the action you are doing. This in itself is a form of meditation, and a break from your thoughts. On top of this, it can assist you in processing what is stressing you in a calmer manner.

  3. Control what you can. Some things in life we have no power over, so focus on what you can control in whatever situation you are in. This is empowering, and will aid you in weighing out your options, and finding a solution.

  4. Be grateful for all that is going well in your life. It’s natural for us as humans to focus on the negatives and be overwhelmed by the issues in our life. We jump from one to the next, making it seem like you are never given a break. Take some time to think of all you are grateful for, and all that is going your way.

  5. Find structure and plan out each day. Creating a schedule of what you need to achieve and when allows you to focus on tasks one by one, stopping you from feeling overwhelmed and instead allowing for a flow of productivity.

“Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” – Joan Borysenko

Stress is natural, and an inevitable symptom all of us feel from an unlimited range of varying factors, but this doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. Even those steps that seem simplest and most rudimentary can make a huge difference in your life.