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Psychology teacher’s list of 101 ways to beat stress goes viral

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
May 29th, 2019

As soon as I even SNIFF advice on ways to deal with stress, I am ALL IN on that shit. I mean, is there anyone who doesn’t want to live a more stress-free life? While we experience it in varying degrees, the general consensus is that stress isn’t your mate. In fact, it’s sorta like your worst enemy. If your mind is your home, stress is like the most unwelcome house guest on the planet. It sneaks in through a crack in the door and goes about its business of fucking up every corner of your joint until you’re left with a heaping mess that even Marie Kondo would struggle to sort.

It’s not just your mind stress messes with, it’s your bod too. Old mate stress can cause chest pain, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and pains, lowered libido, stomach upsets and interrupted sleep. Left unchecked, it can contribute to some major (and nasty) health problems such as type-two diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity…. and don’t forget about that time Demi Moore lost her front tooth from her stress-induced teeth grinding. Not a good look.

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Psychology teacher Brett Philips is down with stress’s sneaky ways and in a bid to help his psych students cope with the daily grind, he presented each of them with his list of 101 ways to beat the big S. One of his students, Alina Ramirez, took a screenshot and posted it to Twitter for the world to enjoy… and it quickly went viral.

Here’s the full list:

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier

2. Prepare for the morning the night before

3. Avoid tight-fitting clothes

4. Avoid relying on chemical aids

5. Set appointments ahead

6. Don’t rely on your memory… write it down

7. Practice preventative maintenance

8. Make duplicate keys

9. Say “no” more often

10. Set priorities in your life

11. Avoid negative people

12. Use time wisely

13. Simplify meal times

14. Always make copies of important papers

15. Anticipate your needs

16. Repair anything that doesn’t work properly

17. Ask for help with the jobs you dislike

18. Break large tasks into bite-size portions

19. Look at problems as challenges

20. Look at challenges differently

21. Unclutter your life

22. Smile

23. Be prepared for rain

24. Tickle a baby

25. Pet a friendly dog/cat

26.Don’t know all the answers

27. Look for a silver lining

28. Say something nice to someone

29. Teach a kid to fly a kite

30. Walk in the rain

31. Schedule play time into every day

32. Take a bubble bath

33. Be aware of the decisions you make

34. Believe in yourself

35. Stop saying negative things to yourself

36. Visualize yourself winning

37. Develop your sense of humor

38. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better day

39. Have goals for yourself

40. Dance a jig

41. Say “hello” to a stranger

42. Ask a friend for a hug

43. Look up at the stars

44. Practice breathing slowly

45. Learn to whistle a tune

46. Read a poem

47. Listen to a symphony

48. Watch a ballet

49. Read a story curled up in bed

50. Do a brand new thing

51. Stop a bad habit

52. Buy yourself a flower

53. Take time to smell the flowers

54. Find support from others

55. Ask someone to be your “vent-partner”

56. Do it today

57. Work at being cheerful and optimistic

58. Put safety first

59. Do everything in moderation

60. Pay attention to your appearance

61. Strive for excellence NOT perfection

62. Stretch your limits a little each day

63. Look at a work of art

64. Hum a jingle

65. Maintain your weight

66. Plant a tree

67. Feed the birds

68. Practice grace under pressure

69. Strand up and stretch

70. Always have a plan “B”

71. Learn a new doodle

72. Memorize a joke

73. Be responsible for your feelings

74. Learn to meet your own needs

75. Become a better listener

76. Know our own limitations and let others know them, too

77. Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin

78. Throw a paper airplane

79. Exercise every day

80. Learn the words to a new song

81. Get to work early

82. Clean out one closet

83. Play patty cake with a toddler

84. Go on a picnic

85. Take a different route to work

86. Leave work early (with permission)

87. Put air freshener in your car

88. Watch a move and eat popcorn

89. Write a note to a faraway friend

90. Go to a ball game and scream

91. Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight

92. Recognize the importance of unconditional love

93. Remember that stress is an attitude

94. Keep a journal

95. Practice a monster smile

96. Remember you always have options

97. Have a support network of people, places and things

98. Quit trying to fix other people

99. Get enough sleep

100. Talk less and listen more

101. Freely praise other people

There’s nothing majorly revolutionary on this list; quite the contrary really. It’s more like reminders of simple things that can either make our lives easier (prepare for the morning the night before) or just something that brings us back to the joy of the present moment (tickle a baby). It’s almost like a mini guidebook for life and definitely worth sharing with a teen or young adult you think might need it.

Good old Mr Philips hands out the list to his Advanced Placement psychology class each year and told, “I think there’s a lot of craziness going on in the world in general. People are dealing with a lot more stress than they were even five years ago.

“People want to beat stress and enjoy life a little more.”

Amen, sir.

Jackie Gillies is one lady who is all about living a life filled with loads of the good stuff. She joined us on our Show+Telling podcast this week and had a lot of very cool stuff to say. Listen below, then come subscribe here.