Best Tips for Dealing with Stress - Counseling & Therapy Services - The Juniper Center

Going through the motions of everyday life can become routine, but there are times when it all becomes too much resulting in stress for some. Stress is a natural reaction when someone feels anxious or threatened in a particular situation. The important thing is to be able to recognize when stress is taking control and to have some coping strategies ready at all times. Here are some suggestions to help those who are struggling.

Understanding Stress Better

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When someone begins to feel stressed, it can be normal for them to question why the symptoms are occurring, even when they are having a decent day. Professionals state that stress occurs as a natural brain function for self-protection, which some call a reptilian brain. While some may view stress as a bad thing, it sometimes can give someone a better perspective and focus on their overall day and can help ensure that their to-do list gets accomplished by the end of the day. Juniper Center clinician Annie Fernandez comments that “understanding some stress is necessary to get things done (for example to drive or motivate us or help us focus).”

Recognizing Why Stress Occurs

Why does stress happen and how can you manage it?

Many situations can cause us stress. Day-to-day responsibilities, conflict with a partner, struggles with kids, keeping up with work tasks, etc. Sometimes things simply don’t go the way that they should. Setting unrealistic expectations, managing time ineffectively, and having things come at us suddenly, are just some of the common reasons for anxiety to take over. Juniper Center clinician Emily Dubach talks about how “stress impacts the way we sleep, eat, relationships with others, and the way we live our lives.” Once you understand the reasons stress can creep into your life, you can begin to focus on things you can do to help relieve your anxiety.

Practicing Breathing Exercises

Breathing exercises for beating stress and creating calm

One of the most common coping mechanisms for stress is to take a few minutes to step back and take a break. One can use these breaks to take a few moments to breathe silently which can make one feel more comfortable and stress-free. Some of the most common breathing techniques that have been known to help cope with stress include diaphragmatic breathing, pursed lip breathing, equal breathing, and deep breathing, Healthline describes other breathing techniques and the steps needed to fully engage in each technique to further engage in a better state of mind and to feel less stressful.

Engaging in Other Stress Relievers

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Besides taking a few moments out of the day to practice breathing exercises, there are many different activities one can do to reduce anxious feelings as they arise. Annie Fernandez suggests different ways someone can cope including “exercising, enjoying alone time, journaling, talking with supportive peers, healthy distractions, making a gratitude list, spending time with people who understand you or support you/ loved ones, and spending time with nature.” Engaging in activities that allow someone to take a step back and refocus their mind can benefit one’s overall attitude and lead to a more healthy mindset. Emily Dubach also comments that “the way you cope with stress and utilize self-care is unique to you and may change often, get to know yourself to tailor it for yourself.”


Dealing with stress and anxiety can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone. For those who feel they need help coping with stress, The Juniper Center is a great resource. Please feel free to give us a call at 847-759-9110, extension #2, or visit our website at


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