How to beat stress and anxiety

Experts share their best advice to beat stress and anxiety and have a better day.

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How often would you say you feel stressed? Chances are you're more stressed than you think: We feel stressed in good times (the day of your wedding, your first day at a plum job) and in bad (an ugly traffic jam, looming deadlines at work). The key is to diffuse the tension and anxiety that come along with stressful situations.

We've put together our best ways to beat stress and anxiety in this collection of articles. Take a look at soothing ways to take care of yourself in the photo gallery below. Learn about the physical symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, plus, try our 16 ways to have a better, stress-free day.

Photo gallery: 5 ways to beat stress and anxiety

Easy ways to take care of yourself and lower your stress – mind, body and soul.


Stress can be brought on by a number of factors. Whether it's facing big changes at work or at home or dealing with day-to-day anxieties, we live in a world where stress has become a part of our quotidian lives. Identifying triggers and avoiding them whenever possible is the first step in battling stress but as the old saying goes, prevention is better than the cure. So, instead of waiting for stress to build up to an unmanageable point, try these ideas that'll help you loosen up and lighten up before it all becomes too much to handle.

Anxiety: The physical symptoms

It's not just in your mind: Anxiety can give you headaches, make you sick to your stomach, or worse. Find out how you could be worrying yourself sick.


We all know what anxiety feels like: A pounding heart, sweaty palms, upset stomach. Maybe your boss just called you into her office, looking grave; maybe you just got an unexpected phone call that spells bad news. Regardless of the trigger, the physical symptoms of anxiety can literally make you sick. But while you can't always stop stressful events from occurring, you can beat stress and anxiety with these tips.

How to face anxiety, panic attacks and depression to discover inner peace

Learn how three strong women faced mental illness to find complete and fulfilling lives. Plus, the best Canadian resources to turn to for help when battling mental illness.

Award-winning Canadian broadcaster Valerie Pringle readily recalls the moment at which she felt the deepest admiration for her daughter. It was several years ago, when Catherine Pringle, now 28, went back to work after taking time off to deal with anxiety and panic attacks. Her employer wasn't aware of her illness, and Catherine wasn't sure if she should disclose it.

16 ways to have a better day

Simple pleasures to heighten your happiness.


What does it mean to be happy? The definition is different for each of us but we share a common need to feel good about ourselves and to be content – no matter how that translates for each of us.

The next time you're having a bad day, remember that there are a myriad of ways to indulge in life's simple pleasures. To get started, here are 16 ways to beat stress and anxiety and have a better day. The suggestions are simple but the rewards can be meaningful.


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