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Managing stress in everyday life

Updated: Aug 7, 2022

How to keep the feeling of stress at bay

We know that managing stress is a part of everyday life and it is often used in everyday language too, but sometimes we experience situations where we feel unable to cope, and/or have too many demands thrown at us. Managing stress under these circumstances can be difficult.

Whilst stress is not a classified mental health disorder, it is closely linked to other mental health difficulties. For example, when you are stressed, you may feel more anxious or low in mood. Similarly, low mood and anxiety symptoms can make it difficult to carry out everyday tasks, and this can cause you to feel stressed.

What is stress?

Typically, the stress experience occurs because there is an imbalance of our perceived coping abilities and demands. Visualise it like this:

You might be thinking - why am I feeling stressed about this? I've been able to handle a lot more in the past. And this is probably true! Sometimes we have to remember that we become more vulnerable at different points in life, which means that our ability to manage stress can lessen.

How to tip the scales

We can manage stress better by either decreasing our demands (both internal and external) or increasing our coping strategies. If possible, we'd aim to do BOTH! Here are some tips to help you regain balance (click the angle bracket on the left to expand each tip):


During stressful times, it is common to be living life in 'auto-pilot', which means it can be all go, go, go! Tracking your mood and daily activities can serve as a time to check in with yourself and help you to evaluate what's working and what's not. It's only through awareness that we can make changes.

Increasing communication

Find an outlet

Relieve yourself from internal demands

Give yourself a break

Delegation and support

Balance your everyday routine

Stress is unavoidable at times. Whilst we cannot always anticipate specific life events that will cause us to feel stressed, there are measures we can put in place to help us better manage if and when these times come along.

Prevention is best.


​Create a table with two columns - demands on the left and coping strategies on the right. For each demand that you list, have at least ONE coping strategy alongside it. You can use some of the ideas from this post to guide you.

Keep this list somewhere visible. Any time you discover a new helpful coping strategy, add it to your table.

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