By Judi Moreo

Stress is something we all face at one time or another. It drains us of our ability to be the best we can be. In many cases, we can overcome stress and move on with our lives. Stress tends to appear in short bursts throughout our lives. But when it is more frequent and longer lasting than the usual bursts, this can truly drag us down and even be life-threatening.

Stress robs you of your energy. The energy within your body is used to ward off diseases and maintain your life. When stress overcomes you for any extended period, your body no longer has the ability to attend to the duties of keeping you healthy. This can give diseases the upper hand. If you are experiencing an overly extended bout of stress, you need to find ways to combat it.

The first big way to overcome stress is to get more exercise. It’s proven that exercise helps lower the level of stress your body experiences. If you are already exercising, consider increasing the frequency of your exercise or the intensity of it.

Changes in your diet can have significant impacts in combatting stress. When you have an unhealthy diet, your general energy level will be less than optimal. This gives way for stress to rear its ugly head. By changing your diet to a much healthier one, your energy levels will increase and you will be able to reduce (or even eliminate) much of your stress.

If the cause of your stress is a situation that you are avoiding, you need to confront that situation. In all likelihood, it will only get worse if you don’t take care of it, whatever it happens to be. If the cause is due to someone else not taking action, you need to approach that person and find a way to help them stop being the bottleneck. It’s your health and well-being that are on the line.

Another way to combat stress is to do more of the things in life that make you happy. Spend more time on your hobbies or go hiking. Whatever it is that takes your mind off your current situation is going to serve to lower your levels of stress.

Stress is a very real problem and needs to be dealt with when it occurs more frequently than normal. Use the tips in this article to help get rid of stressful situations.

Author's Bio: 

Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. In addition, she is an author, an artist, a hypnotherapist, an NLP practitioner, and a television show host of “What’s Your Story?” on the WWDB-TV Network on Roku. If you would like to contact Judi, you may do so at