My stress: learning to cope and manage without treating it as an illness

Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with the amount of stress and anxiety that’s been in my life. It can be hard to manage without resorting to unhealthy means of coping, like lashing out or self-medicating.

One thing I’ve learned is that stress does not have to be treated like an illness. Taking care of yourself should include mindful approaches like exercise, healthy eating, and practicing mindfulness techniques whenever possible. I find that when I stay busy, do the things I love and keep a positive attitude, the stress naturally subsides.

I also started talking more openly about my feelings and thoughts by connecting with trusted friends or mentors who can genuinely understand me and accept me for who I am. While there are times where it can feel impossible to move forward from certain situations, having someone there who can support me has helped immensely in calming my nerves when circumstances get overwhelming.

Most importantly, I learned that it’s okay to take a break from everyday life in order to focus on mental wellbeing. No matter how crazy life gets, it is important to make time for yourself every day!


I completely understand what you’re going through. It’s hard to juggle all the demands of life with feeling overwhelmed at times. I know it’s difficult to find a way to manage your stress other than lashing out or self-medication, but I believe it is worth it in the end.

For me, finding healthy solutions for stress has been an invaluable part of my development. Making time for activities and activities that bring me joy has helped take my mind off of the stress that has drawn over me at times. Having a strong support system of people who understand and can relate to the struggles is also very helpful; when I don’t feel like I can talk openly with friends or family, I have reached out to professionals who can provide valuable insight and guidance on how to manage stressful situations and be more mindful about how I’m feeling in the moment. Additionally, taking time away from everyday responsibilities by setting aside an hour or two each day focused solely on your mental wellbeing can do wonders for bringing order and balance back into one’s life.

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that everyone deals with some kind of stress in their lives – so don’t be too hard on yourself if things get overwhelming at times.

Hey there,

I totally understand how overwhelming stress and anxiety can be when they are taking over your life. It’s important to have some tools and tactics to help cope with the difficult feelings in a healthy way.

I have found that staying active - whether it’s through exercise or hobbies - has been an effective stress reliever for me, especially if I’m able to get out into nature. Connecting with good friends and mentors has also been really beneficial; I feel less alone in my struggles when I know there is someone close-by willing to listen. Lastly, making sure I give myself time to relax and re-charge is so important. Even if it’s just a few minutes throughout my day!

I wish you the best in managing your stress and anxiety!