Tips to Reduce the Stress in Your LIfe

How can you reduce your stress level?

Everyone faces challenges in life that are stressful.   However, being in a constant state of stress affects both your physical and mental health.  Finding ways to manage your stress will increase your well-being and lead to a happier and healthier life.  Once you recognize the source of your stress you can take steps to reduce and manage your symptoms.

The American Foundation for Cancer Research website states – “Scientific research has found that reducing one’s stress level is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing cancer”.  It also states that “Studies have shown the risk of getting cancer may increase due to long-term and high-level stress which weakens the immune system”.

Tips for reducing or managing stress:

Making healthy lifestyle choices to ensure your well being are the foundation of good health.  Having a healthy body will increase your ability to deal with stress.

  • eat healthy well-balanced meals
  • get enough rest and sleep because your body needs time to recover from stressful events
  • exercise increases the secretion of endorphins which creates a feeling of peacefulness 

Maintain a positive attitude towards life.         

  • your attitude determines how you cope with stressful situation
  • learn to see the positive side of situations
  • don’t sweat the small stuff
  • try to look for humor in problem situations

Find ways to reduce the physical tension caused by stress.

  • practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or tai chi
  • have a massage
  • take time for yourself; plan an activity which will help you forget your cares and responsibilities
  • learn breathing control techniques; controlled deep breathing increases the oxygen flow to your blood and relaxes your muscles and mind

        Reducing mental stress is also important.

  •  do not bottle-in negative thoughts; assert your feelings, opinions or beliefs instead of being passive, becoming angry or defensive
  •  talk to a friend, family member or therapist because expressing your feelings to someone who will not judge you is critical for good mental health
  • laugh a lot – problems seem less debilitating when you can laugh at them
  • practice positive affirmations which boost your self confidence
  • look in the mirror every morning and remind yourself of all the positive things in your life


American Psychological Association

Canadian Cancer Society  (Healing and Cancer, Webinar, presenter: Dr. Rob Rutledge)

National Foundation for Cancer Research