5 Super Easy Ways to Trick Stress

by | Dec 7, 2017 | MIND & BODY

Have you ever felt like a stress zombie? Has stress had you stumbling around, moaning incoherently and barely feeling alive?

Braaaainnnnssss. Mmmmm I neeeed braaaainnnnssss.

Actually… I just need to find my own brain!

Why ya gotta do me like that stress?


brick wall symbolizing stress

Friend drama, SAT’s, college applications, crushes, jobs, peer pressure! Ahhhh! Before you know it you have chewed through your last pencil.

Feeling seriously stressed out?

Trust me, you’re not alone. More teens than ever are feeling overwhelmed with stress!

Nobody wants to feel stress! Yet, it has a sneaky way of wiggling into your brain and affecting your life.

Before my graduation, stress became the clumsy sidekick I never wanted.
I had a zillion things on my mind. Where am I going to college? Why is there only so much time in a day? What am I doing with my life?

I was awake at three in the morning with a stress stomachache. This was beyond butterflies. I felt tense and nauseous. SAT prep books surrounded me. There was a mountain of crumpled up papers filled with failed attempts at college application essays.


Big Bang Sheldon with stress throwing papers


I was exhausted, worried, losing my mind and definitely not enjoying the process.

I was turning into a stress zombie!


That night I realized something had to change.

Stress was not about to win!


Not today stress, BTS dancing to their song Not Today


That’s when I figured out how to trick stress.

5 easy ways to trick stress:


Take a Time Out

No, you don’t have to go sit in a corner. Timeouts weren’t so cool when you were four. Now, you totally want one. When you’re buried in overwhelming “to-dos” take occasional ten-minute timeouts. It gives your brain time to recharge. Plus, it helps you relax, chill and refocus. Scroll through Instagram or listen to music.

Trick Booster: Take a time out overloading on cuteness!


Write it Out

Overwhelmed by a million things running through your brain at once?

Edit paper! Need pizza! Friend’s birthday! What is love? Chem lab due! Ahhhh!

Stop the thoughts from swirling around in your brain. Get them out of your head and onto paper. Fill it up with everything that’s overwhelming you.

Once you have unloaded, pick out the “must dos”. Make a list putting your “must dos” in order of importance. This way, you can see where to start and concentrate on one thing at a time.

Take the other thoughts that don’t need immediate attention and set them aside. You know they are there but don’t have to worry about dealing with them right away.

Trick Booster: When you get some time, order a pizza, and start contemplating the meaning of love.


Talk it Out

Are you talking to yourself?

I’m sure you have very interesting conversations… But when the voices in your head have nothing good to say, it is time to talk to someone else. Talk to a friend, sibling, parent or someone you feel comfortable with. Talk about the things that are overwhelming you.

Don’t just text your worries, verbalize them. You have to actually talk it out. Call someone or meet for a coffee. It will help you release your feelings and gain some clarity.

Trick Booster: Hearing the voice of someone you care about can have a calming effect.


Get Moving

When you start freaking out, unload the negative energy by sweating it out. Get up and get moving. Moving your body releases tension and clears your mind. It also wakes up your endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. Go to the gym, go for run, or go for a bike ride.

Trick Booster: My favorite way to get moving? Dancing!             

  Fresh Prince Carlton Dancing away stress

Breathe and Stretch

Breathing totally tricks stress! When stress is making you tense, take a few deep breaths. Breathe in, hold for a few seconds, and breathe out. It will help you relax your muscles and refocus your brain.

Stretching has the same effect. You don’t have to become a gymnast. A few simple stretches will do the trick. Tilt your head side to side holding for a few seconds, roll your shoulders, and reach towards the ceiling. This trick is simple enough to use anywhere.

Trick Booster: Start stress sweating in the middle of a big test? Take a few deep breaths at your desk and roll your shoulders (no one will even notice).

Before you turn into a stress zombie, use these super simple tips to trick stress!

Brains are not good for your diet, anyway.

I changed the way I dealt with overwhelming moments and actually started enjoying the graduation process. Now that I am in college, I am loving ( and needing) these tricks more than ever! They’re easy and they work!

Here is one more trick to beat stress. Share this everywhere and save the world from a stress zombie apocalypse!

Go ahead and comment! We’re listening!

I’d definitely rather eat pizza than brains! What about you?

When was the last time you were a stress zombie?

What’s been stressing you out lately?

Is there anything you do to trick stress?

and it sounds like…

Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Bob Marley Three Little Birds

Hope, Brains, and Lots of Love,
Gabriella & Veronica

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