A Psychologist Shares Her 8 Easy Steps for Managing Stress

Stress is dangerous. It will siphon your energy and pretend to help when really stress just eats away at happiness. It can also do major physical harm to anyone afflicted, despite being little more than an invisible force. Symptoms may range from acne breakouts to chronic stomach pains. Because life is demanding, stress is unavoidable; everyone has at some point or another felt burdened.

Despite its inevitability, stress can be mitigated. We wanted to share long-term solutions for stress relief, so we consulted Kelly Campbell, professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. In addition to her research, she has written about how to achieve happiness and offers other relationship guidance in her Psychology Today column, More Than Chemistry.

Ahead, Campbell provided several tips for stress management. Some are more easily implemented than others, but in the end, they all contribute to finding freedom from what weighs you down.