These Simple 5 Changes in Your Lifestyle Can Help You Manage Mental Stress

Adding these simple 5 habits to your lifestyle will help you manage and relieve mental stress in a better way in the long run.

Hira Aziz
3 min readMay 23, 2021

Are you feeling anxious, depressed, overburdened and frustrated? Or facing difficulty in sleep and relaxation? Or finding yourself unable to control the flow of your thought?

If yes!!

Then you are experiencing mental stress that quietly erodes an individual’s work and family life. It acts like a slow poison that slowly sucks; your thoughts, your emotions, even your overall personality.

It is a psychological pressure on the mind that slowly builds up with our routine activities such as increased workload, financial worries or clashes with family members and it could also happen because of some extreme incidents, for instance, rape, earthquake, or death of a person in the family.

Managing or relieving mental stress is not as technical or difficult as we view it, but it is crucial to excelling in work and life. You can manage and mitigate the stress by applying these stress-relieving strategies to your lifestyle.

1-Exercise Regularly

One of the most powerful tools for reducing mental stress is exercise. Exercise increases physical stress that reduces mental stress. Exercise helps in reducing stress hormones (cortisol) and produces endorphin that serves as a natural painkiller and boosts up the mood.

Exercising regularly improves physical health but also helps in relieving mental stress and supports better sleep. Even a simple exercise activity such as walking can produce positive and strong results in the long run.

2-Healthy Eating

A healthy and balanced diet offers physical health, it also aids in improving your mental health. Healthy foods full of carbohydrates, fatty acids, and proteins boost up the mood, lowers blood pressure, and strengthen the immune system. These foods include eggs, fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans. Avoid emotional eating, especially fast food, during stress. It can add up to the stress in the long run.

3-Limit the Intake of Caffeine

Love to have tea, coffee, or energy drink thrice or more in a day? Well, Caffeine is an active ingredient in these drinks. According to the research by Diogo, a high dose of caffeine can increase anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric issues. But every individual has a varying capacity of accepting a specific amount of caffeine. 5 or fewer cups in a day is an acceptable amount.

4-Proper Sleep

Improper and fewer sleep hours can cause mental stress. Full and proper sleep ensures physical and mental health. A proper sleep requires a proper sleep routine, that includes:

  • Setting up a time to bed and time to rise.
  • Avoid using a mobile phone or electronic gadgets before bed (30–60 minutes).
  • Meditate before falling asleep.
  • Make your room sleep ready (dark, quiet, and cool for better sleep).

5-Connect with Friends and Family

Spend time with a person who listens to you, calms down your nerves, and reduces the stress level. Connect with friends and family members, talk to them and listen to them. It will give you a sense of self-worth and belongingness. Have fun activities with them and perform laughter therapy. It will improve your immunity, lowers stress, and develop a connection of love and warmth with your relations.

High levels of stress could ruin the personality. You should keep stress to a manageable level. Making some minor changes in your lifestyle can help you manage stress like a pro. Regular exercise, healthy eating, proper sleep, and a consistent connection with friends and family will help relieve stress and bring prosperity to your life.

So, come on!!

Get up and start working on your lifestyle.

Let’s direct the stress. Don’t let the stress direct you.



Hira Aziz

Content writer | writes about Business |Management |Finance |Self-improvement |Climate-change. Management contributor at 12Manage