It seems that almost everywhere you go people have some degree of stress. The constant juggle of professional and family responsibilities, money and kids, health and more can be demanding, overwhelming and easily lead to feelings of tension and stress.

Stress is known to undermine your physical and mental wellbeing and it is important to manage your stress as best you can. While eliminating your stressors is the very best solution it is often impossible to do and so here are some suggestions on how to best cope with stress:

Adopt healthy habits

It is easier to control and manage stress when you get enough rest and sleep and eat a nutritious diet. We all know that when we are stressed we tend to ignore some of the healthy habits critical for our wellbeing. Be certain to make good decisions about smoking and your intake of alcohol and drugs. These things are detrimental to your health and should be avoided in favor of cultivating healthier choices. It seems very simplistic but a healthy meal, some mild exercise and a good night’s sleep will help you to handle stress better than a night of binge drinking and junk food.

Talk to family, friends or a support group

No one should have to go through stressful times on his or her own. Having a family member or a friend or two in whom you can confide and seek guidance can help you get through the worst of times. If you don’t wish to share your circumstances with someone close to you consider searching out a more “formal” support group to help you through the difficult times.

Be grateful for what you have

Even during the worst of times there are people that keep their stress in check by thinking about all of the things they have and for which they are grateful. Keeping a “gratitude log” is an excellent method to keep the things for which you are grateful top of mind as these more positive aspects of your life tend to be forgotten in times of great stress.

Be attuned to what causes you stress

In order to manage and ultimately curtail your stress it’s important to know what triggers it in the first place. Assess your situation, attempt to uncover what is causing you stress and what, if anything, you can do to alleviate it.

Be helpful

An effective way to control stress is to seek out and engage in activities in which you can help others. Most not-for-profit organizations depend upon volunteers for many of their core activities. Volunteering at a soup kitchen, becoming a student tutor or helping out at a fundraiser can help you to look beyond your own situation.

Remember that stress is nothing to ignore. If you find that you’ve taken steps to get your stress under control you might wish to seek out the services of a professional that can help the situation. Don’t let too much time elapse. The sooner you take action the sooner you will start to feel better.