According to WebMD, the best way for people to handle stress is to prevent it before it controls them; some ways to approach stress proactively include analyzing the causes and effects of stress and making a management plan; being positive and assertive; time management; enjoying social activities and exercise. Everyday Health also recommends prioritizing and developing a support system if necessary.
According to WebMD and Everyday Health, identifying symptoms of stress is important so that they can be dealt with. These symptoms can include dizziness, teeth grinding, acid reflux, appetite loss, tension in shoulders, insomnia, weight loss or gain, forgetfulness and loss of sex drive. In some stress cases, such as those caused by quitting smoking, there are constipation, diarrhea, breathing issues and other higher-level physical symptoms.
Counseling, a stress-management class or discussing problems with someone can be extremely helpful, according to WebMD and Everyday Health. Experimentation with relaxation techniques such as yoga until finding one or several that work can also be effective. Everyday Health points out that exercise is a good replacement activity for some bad habits and is a natural stress reliever. Eating healthfully and restricting intake of caffeine, alcohol and processed sugar also helps people handle stress.