If there's one thing that you're not taught in school, it's that adult life can be damn stressful.
Rather than learning how to cope with the stresses of paying your taxes and dealing with endless job rejections, we are, instead, put through the paces of algebra and geometry. Yeah, it doesn't make much sense, does it?
Well, there is, apparently, one teacher out there who has decided to throw her expertise into a real-life issue: stress management. One of said teachers' presumably very chilled out students shared the list of various ways of coping with stress... and they are unbelievably effective.
The list includes a variety of different de-stressors, some as simple as "smiling" or "hugging a dog," but it also contains more long-term coping mechanisms to eliminate stress occurring in the first place.
Keep scrolling to read the list, and maybe even find a new method of de-bunking all that built up stress. You. Are. Welcome.
Daily life can bring with it a huge amount of stress.Will I make my rent on time? What am I cooking for dinner tonight? Did I leave the oven on? There are so many little things that can induce stress throughout the day.
And so many of us just don't know how to cope with all this stress.It's just so damn difficult, isn't it? Many of us find ourselves reaching for the bottle of wine in the fridge, or chancing a cheeky cigarette. But, admittedly, these are extremely toxic habits and don't actually curb our stress for very long.
And now, one teacher claims to have the answers...101 answers, that is. One student went viral on Twitter after she shared her psychology teacher's 101 top tips for healthily and effectively coping with stress. And I have to admit, some of them are actually very efficient. From lifestyle tips to mental training, this teacher hasn't missed anything. So, without further ado, here is the infamous list itself.
1. Get up fifteen minutes earlier.
via: GettyI know, I know. Nobody wants to get up any earlier than they need to. But an extra fifteen minutes added onto your day will make the world of difference stress-wise and will give you more time to do the things you enjoy, whether that's reading a book, catching up on your favorite Netflix show, or simply relaxing with a morning coffee.
2. Prepare for the morning the night before.
via: GettyOkay, so this hack may cancel out the first rule I listed. If you get everything ready for your day at work the night before (I'm talking meal prep, ironed outfits et cetera), you will have more time the next morning to catch up on that beauty sleep, or just more time to sit back and relax, ultimately making you feel more refreshed and stress-free.
3. Avoid tight-fitting clothes.While your skinny jeans make your ass look amazing, they could be the unlikely cause of your stress. Clothes that restrict your movement could subconsciously raise anxiety levels, resulting in you feeling incredibly uncomfortable and ultimately more stressed out.
4. Don't rely on chemical aids.
via: GettyThough doctors are trained to push as many different types of medication as possible, popping pills and anti-anxiety drugs isn't always the answer to your stress. There are a variety of natural remedies that will help you to effectively manage your stress levels, all while avoiding the typical "pill-popping" methods prescribed by doctors.
5. Set appointments ahead.
via: GettyGet yourself organized! A de-cluttered life leads to a de-cluttered mind.
6. Don't always rely on your memory - write it down.
via: GettyI'm not sure about the rest of you, but my memory sucks. Writing down your appointments, dinner dates, and other general life events will save you from forgetting these particular things, and will ultimately prevent the stress of dashing to them in a last-minute flap.
7. Practice preventative maintenance.
via: GettyPreventative maintenance is a self-made schedule that will eventually result in the healthier well-being of your mind. In theory, you can plan ahead to avoid your usual stress triggers.
8. Make duplicate keys.
via: GettyOkay, this is one I definitely need to get on board with. Losing or forgetting your house or car keys can be an incredibly stressful experience, so having a couple of spares handy will always help to diffuse your stress levels. Just make sure that you give the spares to trustworthy people.
9. Say "no" more often.
via: GettyOur society has pressured us to believe that saying "yes" to everything is a must. But let me tell you something - it isn't. Want to cancel on a party to sit in front of the TV all night? Do it! Say no to things that you think will cause more stress or anxiety than they will good - your health and happiness come first.
10. Set priorities in your life.
via: GettyThink of the things that make you truly happy and make them your priority. Too many of us continue to make life choices which cause more stress than good. Take some time to sit down and work out what is and what isn't benefiting your stress levels.
11. Avoid negative people.This should be an obvious one. Is someone in your life stressing you the hell out? Avoid spending time with them if so. Nobody is worth costing you your health.
12. Use your time wisely.
via: GettyThere's nothing more stressful than leaving things to the very last minute, is there? To save this stress, manage and use your time accordingly, and prioritize the more important tasks to avoid yourself a stressful situation later.
13. Simplify mealtimes.
via: GettyTry to set yourself set times to sit down and eat your meals. Having a chaotic eating schedule can result in higher stress levels than necessary. No more midnight binging!
14. Always make copies of important papers.This should be a given. If you're left in charge of anything of high importance, you will save yourself a lot of stress by backing up and securing the important items.
15. Anticipate your needs.
via: GettyDo you need to buy those shoes which will leave you bankrupt for the rest of the month? Do you need the extra half-hour in bed, even though it will make you late for work?
16. Repair anything that doesn't work properly.Because come on. There's nothing that raises the blood pressure more than something that doesn't work properly. Change that bulb. Invest in some new batteries for your TV remote. Get the funny, yet slightly concerning, noise in your car checked out. Your stress levels will thank you.
17. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike.Swallow your pride and do it, for the sake of your stress levels, at least! Working as a part of a team can take a lot of stress and pressure from you at work, so don't be shy to ask your colleagues to take some of the load off you.
18. Break large tasks into bite-size portions.
via: GettyHave you ever tried eating a ridiculously large meal in one sitting? Only to give up halfway through, feeling overly full and disappointed? That's exactly what can happen when you attempt to tackle a large task in one go, only your stress levels will be overwhelmed, not your stomach.
19. Look at your problems as challenges.
via: GettyA lot of stress can stem from a negative mindset - try and think more positively about the problems you encounter and see them as things that can be solved, rather than things that can't.
20. Look at your challenges differently.Kind of similar to the hack above. If you adjust your mindset to a more positive one, anything is possible, and your stress levels will be considerably lower.
21. Unclutter your life.
via: GettyIt's common knowledge that clutter and general mess can fire your stress levels through the roof (well, for most people...). By decluttering your living space, you can live a tranquil and relatively stress-free life.
22. Smile.It's as simple as that. When life is getting you down (or stressing you out, more importantly...), try to see the best in every situation and turn that frown upside down.
23. Be prepared for rain.
via: GettyLife will rain on you at any given moment, so be mentally prepared for anything coming your way. Oh, and make sure you carry an umbrella at all times.
24. Tickle a baby.
via: GettyBit of a random pick, but this one is a guaranteed stress killer. Unless the baby doesn't buy it and starts screaming. That's when you run. Just make sure you actually know the baby before you start tickling it.
25. Pet a friendly dog/cat.
via: GettyCute and friendly animals are perhaps the most effective de-stressors. Give me all the pets.
26. Don't know all the answers.
via: GettyBecause not knowing something isn't always a bad thing. Rather than stress yourself out by trying to know everything, maybe take a back seat on some things and let other people do the talking. Take a break and enjoy the things that you want to know about.
27. Look for a silver lining.With everything bad that happens, there will be something good just around the corner. Don't stress over the negative events, just be excited for the positive ones that are on their way. Every cloud, and all that.
28. Say something nice to someone.We should all be doing a lot more of this one. Being kind to someone can not only ease your own stress levels, but it can help with theirs, too.
29. Teach a child to fly a kite.
via: GettyOkay, if you don't have a child, this could become a bit problematic. But if you do... imparting wisdom can be incredibly rewarding, even if it is just kite-flying wisdom.
30. Walk in the rain.
via: GettyThough the majority of us can't stand the rain, the much-hated weather can actually be quite relaxing and can leave you feeling refreshed and energized. Or freezing cold and miserable. It can go one of two ways.
31. Schedule play time into every day.Because everyone needs a little downtime.
32. Take a bubble bath.
via: GettyBecause nothing quite beats the tranquillity of a nice, relaxing bubble bath, does it?
33. Be aware of the decisions you make.Living life flamboyantly can be rewarding, but it can also have its consequences. Be aware of your life choices, as some may bring you more stress than good.
34. Believe in yourself.Because when you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. And a little bit of self-positivity can work wonders on your stress levels.
35. Stop saying negative things to yourself.Nothing will raise your stress levels quite like self-doubt. You don't like hearing negative things being said about you, so why would you say them to yourself?
36. Visualize yourself winning.The stresses of not succeeding in what you do can be monumental, so visualizing your winning moment can be a fantastic stress reliever.
37. Develop your sense of humor.
via: GettyBecause, as the saying goes, laughter really is the best medicine.
38. Stop thinking that tomorrow will be a better day.
via: GettyRather than stressing about what tomorrow will bring, work on today. Whatever went wrong yesterday, work on making it better. Living in the now, rather than the future, is a hell of a lot less stress, trust me.
39. Have goals for yourself.
via: GettyHaving realistic goals to meet in your day-to-day life makes for a healthy mindset and healthy stress levels. Whether the goals are small, like having a certain budget to spend in the week, or big, like buying a house, something as simple as a goal can make all the difference to your mindset. Nothing feels better than smashing a goal.
40. Dance a jig.Okay, this one's a bit odd. But dancing is the best stress reliever, so whether it's a jig or a jive... it doesn't really matter. Just get grooving!
41. Say "hello" to a stranger.Because a bit of friendly human interaction will do anyone a world of good.
42. Ask a friend for a hug.Numerous studies have proven that a good old hug can significantly reduce stress levels. So stop being shy and ask your friend for a hug! Chances are, they'll need one too.
43. Look up at the stars.
via: GettyIf you're lucky enough to live in an area that isn't affected by light pollution, you can always take a midnight stroll and spend an hour or so gazing at the beautiful stars - a guaranteed stress reliever.
44. Practice slow breathing.Breathing exercises offer an extremely simple, effective, and convenient way to lower your heart rate and ultimately relieve stress. By lowering your breathing rate, you can bring down your heart rate, and feel ultimately more relaxed and stress-free.
45. Learn to whistle a tune.Admittedly, not everyone can whistle, so this will only apply to some of you... please don't stress yourself out trying to whistle.
46. Read a poem.
via: GettyDig out your dusty old books, folks. Sitting back, relaxing, and reading a spot of poetry could be an effective method when it comes to lowering your stress levels.
47. Listen to a symphony.
via: GettyThis one could be a little bit too outlandish for some folk (aka me...). But scientists have discovered that listening to classical music may help to reduce both anxiety and stress by lowering cortisol levels in the body.
48. Watch a ballet.
via: GettyAgain, this could be a little ambitious for some people (again, me...). For me, ballet performances are more stressful to watch than they are relaxing, so I'll pass on this one.
49. Read a story in bed.
via: GettyOkay, this one is a personal favorite of mine. There's nothing more relaxing than climbing into bed and getting lost in your favorite book.
50. Do something brand new.Whether it's trying a new cuisine or picking up a new hobby, keeping yourself busy with new and exciting things can keep your stress levels at bay.
51. Stop a bad habit.So many little habits can cause stress on our bodies - drinking and smoking, to name a few - so, by nipping these in the bud, you can ultimately eliminate these stresses.
52. Buy yourself a flower.Treat yourself! You don't need no man to buy you flowers when you buy yourself them, right?
53. Take time to smell the flowers.
via: GettyScientists in Japan are reporting the first scientific evidence that inhaling certain fragrances alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels. Science!
54. Find support from others.
via: GettyBecause doing things alone can be difficult and can ultimately cause severe stress and anxiety. Whether it be your parents, close family members, or friends, find a support group who can help you live a stress-free life.
55. Ask someone to be your "vent partner."
via: GettyVenting and raging about something that's bothering you can be a huge stress-reliever... so find someone who you can vent to! Organize regular meetups wherein you can both let off some steam.
56. Do it today.As the saying goes - a stitch in time saves nine! The longer you leave something, the worse it will get. Do everything that you need to do today; it'll save you a world of stress.
57. Work at being cheerful and optimistic.Because a little bit of optimism can go a long way.
58. Put safety first.
via: GettyIf you think that you're getting yourself into a dangerous situation, get yourself out of it. Always put your health and happiness first.
59. Do everything in moderation.
via: GettyDon't overdo it. Don't go to the gym too often, don't get up too early, don't socialize too much. Overdoing things can cause our bodies and minds to burn out, and will overall leave us feeling more stressed out.
60. Pay attention to your appearance.Okay, I'm not suggesting that you have to start wearing tons of makeup. But making sure that you look after your appearance by doing the simple things, like combing your hair and brushing your teeth, can make a vast improvement to your mental health.
61. Strive for excellence, not perfection.Because no one's perfect. Perfection is simply an idea, it isn't a fact. Nothing and no one is perfect, and that's okay.
62. Stretch your limits a little bit each day.
via: GettyGradual baby steps are a perfect, stress-free way to achieve something. Don't do everything in one giant leap - slow and steady wins the race.
63. Look at art.Art galleries have tranquility like no other, don't they?
64. Hum a jingle.Because humming is the logical answer to relieving your stress... right?
65. Maintain your weight.
via: GettyA healthy body makes for a healthy mind.
66. Plant a tree.
via: GettyBe at one with nature, and all that. Gardening has proven to work wonders on mental health and stress issues.
67. Feed the birds.
via: GettyAgain, be at one with nature...
68. Practice grace under pressure.
via: AmicanAs Ernest Hemmingway once so wisely said, "Courage is grace under pressure," which was his way of articulating the importance of remaining calm and graceful when in situations that may otherwise be stressful.
69. Stand up and stretch.
via: GettyBy relieving muscle tension, stretching allows your muscles to let go of stress, helping you to relax and sleep better.
70. Always have a plan B.Because life doesn't always go to plan. Don't ever rely fully on one thing working out - you will save yourself a lot of stress if you always have a backup plan ready.
71. Learn a new doodle.
via: GettyDrawing and colouring are incredibly therapeutic... even if you haven't done it since you were a kid.
72. Memorize a joke.Because laughter truly is the best medicine, isn't it?
73. Be responsible for your feelings.
via: GettyDon't let anyone else decide how you feel. Being in charge of your own emotions is great for your mental health.
74. Learn to meet your own needs.
via: GettyToo many of us put other people's needs in front of our own - if you're struggling with stress, you need to think of your own needs first.
75. Become a better listener.
via: GettyListening to your friends' problems and doubts can help you grow and attain a more supportive role in their life, which, selfishly, is an incredibly beneficial trait to have.
76. Know your own limitations and let others know them too.
via: GettyDon't let anyone push you past your limits, including yourself. Stress can be very easily induced when you're stretched to breaking point - take things easy.
77. Tell someone to have a good day in Pig Latin.Okay, this just got real weird real quick...
78. Throw a paper airplane.Though being at the receiving end of a paper airplane could induce stress, rather than reduce it.
79. Exercise every day.
via: GettyThis is an obvious one - exercise releases serotonin - the chemical that induces happiness. The more exercise you do, the more happy, and less stressed, you'll feel. The hard part is actually getting out and exercising...
80. Learn the words to a new song.
via: GettyBecause music is the purest form of happiness, right? Just don't learn the lyrics to any heavy metal songs - they're usually more stressful than not...
81. Get to work early.
via: GettyArriving to work early will give you time to relax and get yourself prepared for the day, which will result in a much more productive, stress-free day. Getting up fifteen minutes earlier than usual will be worth it, trust me.
82. Clean out your closet.
via: GettyI've said it before and I'll say it again... a decluttered life makes for a decluttered mind.
83. Play Patty Cake with a toddler.
via: GettyThis one could either be stress-relieving or incredibly stressful...
84. Go on a picnic.
via: GettyBecause there's nothing more soothing and tranquil than a picnic in the great outdoors.
85. Take a different route to work.
via: GettyDoing the same thing, day in, day out, can become incredibly stressful, and almost suffocating for some people. Mixing up something as simple as your commute to work can do your stress levels a world of good.
86. Leave work early.
via: GettyWith permission, of course. A cheeky half-day of work here and there can work wonders for your stress levels.
87. Put air freshener in your car.
via: GettyBecause there's nothing quite as stressful as a stinking car, is there?
88. Watch a movie with some popcorn.After a particularly stressful day, shut the curtains, lock the door, dim the lights, and settle down with some popcorn and your favorite movie. It's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
89. Write a letter to a faraway friend.
via: GettyPouring your heart out onto paper is an incredibly therapeutic and effective method for stress management, so why not incorporate it into a letter to a long-distance pal?
90. Go to a ball game and scream.Because, come on. There's no better way to let off steam than screaming your head off at the baseball, is there?
91. Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight.
via: GettyBe romantic to yourself. You deserve it.
92. Recognize the importance of unconditional love.
via: GettySpread the love, guys!
93. Remember that stress is an attitude.
via: GettyThings are only as stressful as you perceive them to be. Take a step back to evaluate the full situation, and how you can feel more at ease about it.
94. Keep a journal.
via: GettyVery similar to writing a letter... writing down your thoughts and worries is an extremely effective stress-management method. Getting things down onto paper can help you think more clearly, and feel ultimately calmer and more at peace with things.
95. Practice a monster smile.Because we all need to be silly sometimes.
96. Remember that you always have options.
via: GettyWhen life isn't going quite your way, remember that you always have other options. There's always time to change the direction in which your life is going.
97. Have a support network of people, places, and things.
via: GettyBecause there's nothing more stressful than going through life alone. The more people and places you have that you can rely on, the better.
98. Quit trying to fix other people.
via: GettyThere's only so much you can do for other people. Too many of us spend far too much time trying to help other people - there comes a time when you need to stop and think about your own wellbeing, as trying to fix unfixable people can be potentially damaging for your own mental health.
99. Get enough sleep.
via: GettyYou need your 8 hours! A full night's sleep can cause a world of good to your mood and overall mental health, and you will approach the day feeling more rested and, ultimately, less stressed.