We all know what it is like to feel stressed. It is normal to hear other people saying “I feel so stressed” or “today is so stressful” on a regular, but how can you actually de-stress?

Check out 15 methods that will help you to cope with stress.

  1. Say ‘no’ whenever you want to – and don’t feel guilty about it.
  2. De-clutter your home (or at least your bedroom.)
  3. Make sure you have some ‘you-time’ every day.
  4. Reflect on all of your achievements.
  5. Try to be more optimistic. No-one is born either pessimistic or optimistic; how you choose to view the world is your choice.
  6. Read a new book in bed.
  7. Always look out for the silver lining.
  8. Repair or replace all of the things in your life that are broken.
  9. Don’t try to ‘fix’ damaged people.
  10. Do whatever it is you’re putting off today. Even better, do it right now!
  11. Watch a comedy podcast.
  12. Stop saying negative things to yourself.
  13. Look at the situation from a different perspective.
  14. Accept support that other people offer you – don’t push them away.
  15. Smile at strangers… and friends… and yourself in the mirror!




1. Instead of working late, work early, Research says we are more productive when we first wake up.

2. Instead of multitasking, focus on one task until it is finished. Research shows that most people are actually less productive when they multi-task.

3. Instead of setting big life goals, set small milestones. This will allow you to track your progress more effectively.

4. Instead of emailing all day during work, set aside certain times to check and reply to email. This stops you from getting distracted while you work.

5. Instead of making up excuses, be honest with yourself. People are often more productive when they are more realistic.

6. Instead of making lists in your mind, write them down. You will be able to fully focus on your tasks this way.

7. Instead of using too much technology, use the right amount. Replace a social media app with one that will help with your work or your passions.

8. Instead of having a lay-in, set your alarm and make the most of the morning.

9. Instead of procrastinating, go for a walk. It will help you to clear your mind and refocus.

10. Instead of working solidly, take a 10 minute break every hour. It will help your mind to stay active.


Do you have any other suggestions? I am fairly productive but I sometimes have days where I don’t get much done, so I am always looking out for tips!



Most of us want to be happier, but it can seem like a nearly impossible task. Where do you start? What do you do? The truth is anyone can easily be happier – it just takes a few small swaps to your daily life.


Check out 10 small swaps you can make to be happier here.


1. Instead of sitting on social media for an hour, do something else. Read, write in a journal, ring or Skype a friend, take a walk, paint – there are endless possibilities.

2. Instead of saying yes to everything, only say yes when you mean it. Don’t feel guilty about saying no – it’s okay to want to be alone sometimes!

3. Instead of seething when you are in a bad mood, speak to someone about your feelings. It will help you to clear you head and focus on a solution.

4. Instead of going to bed whenever you want, set a regular bed time. You will fall to sleep quicker – and your quality of sleep will be better.

5. Instead of ignoring strangers, smile at them. It will improve both of your moods!

6. Instead of forcing friendships, let the bad ones go. Not all friendships are for life – and holding on to bad ones will leave you both feeling guilty and stressed.

7. Instead of being passive-aggressive, be honest about your feelings. It is better to work out problems openly, instead of skirting around the issue.

8. Instead of trying to please everyone, simply try to please the people you love and yourself. It is impossible to keep everyone happy – and trying is exhausting.

9. Instead of being a pessimist, be an optimist. No-one is born one or the other – you choose how you see the world.

10. If the weather is good, swap sitting inside for sitting outside. It will do wonders for your mood, and nature is pretty epic to look at.


What do you think of this list? Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments!