101 Ways To Banish Stress

Modern life can be a little stressful at times, there always seem to be demands on your time.

If thoughts of exams are a little more all encompassing after the Christmas break you don’t seem to ever get to the bottom of your to do list, then this list might be for you.

There are bound to be at least a few that might be useful; from taking a few more minutes out to do things that make you feel good or getting more organised.

We especially love the last one

Bonus: Relax, take each day at a time… you have the rest of your life to live.


Print it out and stick it in the front of your study folder as a great reminder to take a breath. Appreciate the journey not just the destination.

Check out the full list below:

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier

  • Prepare for the morning the night before

  • Avoid tight-fitting clothes

  • Avoid relying on chemical aids

  • Set appointments ahead

  • Don’t rely on your memory… write it down

  • Practice preventative maintenance

  • Make duplicate keys

  • Say “no” more often

  • Set priorities in your life

  • Avoid negative people

  • Use time wisely

  • Simplify meal times

  • Always make copies of important papers

  • Anticipate your needs

  • Repair anything that doesn’t work properly

  • Ask for help with the jobs you dislike

  • Break large tasks into bite-size portions

  • Look at problems as challenges

  • Look at challenges differently

  • Unclutter your life

  • Smile

  • Be prepared for rain

  • Tickle a baby

  • Pet a friendly dog/cat

  • Don’t know all the answers

  • Look for a silver lining

  • Say something nice to someone

  • Teach a kid to fly a kite

  • Walk in the rain

  • Schedule play time into every day

  • Take a bubble bath

  • Be aware of the decisions you make

  • Believe in yourself

  • Stop saying negative things to yourself

  • Visualise yourself winning

  • Develop your sense of humour

  • Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better day

  • Have goals for yourself

  • Dance a jig

  • Say “hello” to a stranger

  • Ask a friend for a hug

  • Look up at the stars

  • Practice breathing slowly

  • Learn to whistle a tune

  • Read a poem

  • Listen to a symphony

  • Watch a ballet

  • Read a story curled up in bed

  • Do a brand new thing

  • Stop a bad habit

  • Buy yourself a flower

  • Take time to smell the flowers

  • Find support from others

  • Ask someone to be your “vent-partner”

  • Do it today

  • Work at being cheerful and optimistic

  • Put safety first

  • Do everything in moderation

  • Pay attention to your appearance

  • Strive for excellence NOT perfection

  • Stretch your limits a little each day

  • Look at a work of art

  • Hum a jingle

  • Maintain your weight

  • Plant a tree

  • Feed the birds

  • Practice grace under pressure

  • Strand up and stretch

  • Always have a plan “B”

  • Learn a new doodle

  • Memorise a joke

  • Be responsible for your feelings

  • Learn to meet your own needs

  • Become a better listener

  • Know our own limitations and let others know them, too

  • Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin

  • Throw a paper airplane

  • Exercise every day

  • Learn the words to a new song

  • Get to work early

  • Clean out one closet

  • Play with a toddler

  • Go on a picnic

  • Take a different route to work

  • Leave work early (with permission)

  • Put air freshener in your car

  • Watch a move and eat popcorn

  • Write a note to a faraway friend

  • Go to a ball game and scream

  • Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight

  • Recognise the importance of unconditional love

  • Remember that stress is an attitude

  • Keep a journal

  • Practice a monster smile

  • Remember you always have options

  • Have a support network of people, places and things

  • Quit trying to fix other people

  • Get enough sleep

  • Talk less and listen more

  • Freely praise other people

Bonus: Relax, take each day at a time… you have the rest of your life to live.

(This list is from a Californian High School teacher Brett Phillip given to his psychology students)