Stress – how it affects us and tips to help reduce it by Cathy Pinnock

Stress can have a major impact on our physical and mental well-being. It can manifest in ways that affect our moods and eventually impact our decision making and physical bodies. Suddenly there’s an unidentified pain or stomach ailment, or we find ourselves confused. This can set in motion fear, and we get anxiety about what that means, which in turn can elevate our cortisol levels.

If stress is not dealt with properly, there can be a buildup of frustrations, disappointments and unresolved conflicts that get buried deep inside. Instead of finding health ways to deal with stress, which can lead to sudden bouts of anger, many people believe they can manage it on their own and develop unhealthy habits.

Here are some practical ways to manage this process.

  • Taking time to exercise helps relieve stress and create positive emotions. There is a physical transformation that can take place by just walking or doing an aerobic activity and can give you more energy and a positive outlook.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and consider trying the Mediterranean diet
  • Practice mindfulness breathing to help calm your nervous system and make you feel more in control of your emotions
  • Spend time with people that help boost your moods and understand the stress that may be in your life.
  • Watch a funny movie. There’s nothing like laughter to uplift your spirits and help take your mind off things that are elevating your stress level.
  • Make sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. This will help your body regenerate and give you the energy needed to handle the stress when it does come.
  • Talk with a therapist who can help teach you ways to lower your stress to a manageable level


Cathy is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist at Simply Brave. She is motivated to help people find the answers they are looking for to enjoy happiness, find hope and regain personal strength. ⁠