Post Content

hand squeezing red stress ball

The many obligations and concerns that surround our jobs, homes, and personal relationships make stress an unavoidable part of life. People experience stress in different ways, and some cope with it better than others. Feelings of stress can even cause physical effects on the body; varying from high blood pressure to long-term heart problems.

While we can’t always prevent life from getting a bit overwhelming, we can take steps to keep our stress under control. Here are some ideas to better manage stress:

Get Quality Sleep

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults get seven to eight hours of sleep per day. However, quality sleep depends on more than simply getting enough hours each night. You can improve your sleep cycles by practicing good sleep hygiene such as avoiding large meals before bed and going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.

Tracking personal sleep patterns in a diary can also help you discover new ways to improve your habits. The National Sleep Foundation provides additional tips for improved sleep; including cutting down on naps, investing in comfortable bedding, and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes before bed.

Eat Well

Maintaining a nutritious diet keeps your mind alert and reduces your risk for developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.   Visit Mass in Motion – a statewide movement that promotes community wellness – for kid-friendly and adult-friendly guidance on healthy eating, appropriate serving sizes and how to make the right food choices while dining out.


Physical activity is a natural mood enhancer that keeps you energized and reduces the risk of depression. Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week – such as brisk walking or jogging – and additional muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.

Remember, you don’t need a gym membership to exercise, and you can break up the work into smaller chunks of time throughout the week. If you’re new to exercise, it’s important to start small and work past your barriers. There are also unique physical activity resources for people with disabilities and pregnant women.

Have Fun

You’ll be better equipped to deal with stress if you make time for the things you love. Try incorporating something fun into your regular schedule such as calling a friend, exploring the Commonwealth’s amazing arts and culture scenes, or doing outdoor activities like camping to help reduce stress.

Talk to Someone

If you find that stress largely interferes with your life and does not seem manageable with these basic tips, consider talking to a trusted professional.

What stresses you out and what do you do to manage it? Share your thoughts in the comments below or by tweeting us, @MassGov.

Written By:

Tags: , , , ,

Recent Posts

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Getting an Order and Managing Payments posted on Oct 19

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Getting an Order and Managing Payments

Creating a child support plan is a top concern for most separated or divorced parents in Massachusetts. Figuring out your child support responsibilities and learning how the payment process works can help you create a plan that is best for your child. The Department of Revenue   …Continue Reading Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Getting an Order and Managing Payments

It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts! posted on Oct 12

It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts!

The pumpkin is a well-known symbol of fall in New England. Whether you love carving jack-o’-lanterns or baking delicious fall-themed desserts, pumpkins are a staple of the season. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S.   …Continue Reading It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts!

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts posted on Sep 28

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts

Even if you and your spouse agree to divorce, taking the step to officially end your marriage can bring on a whole range of emotions you may not have expected. Add the challenge of dividing your assets or arranging custody of your kids, and this   …Continue Reading Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts