How to: Distress

Writer: Dima Hassanein

Editor: Ahmed Ashry

We all have a point in our lives where we feel overwhelmed; therefore, sometimes destressing is necessary. After a long and stressful day, going home and relaxing sounds perfect. Stress can actually cause a lot of health problems, so here are a few ways you can destress and prevent those problems.


It’s important to be aware of the fact that you are stressed and that your goal is to get that stress off your shoulders. Start by understanding why you are stressed and what you can do to get rid of it. If it’s a task, get it done to get it out of the way. If it isn’t a task or you can’t complete the task at the moment, you are going to have to work on getting your mind off of it.

Getting Some Rest

If you have a little more time between your hands, then it would be a good idea to take a relaxing nap. You probably haven’t gotten a good sleep in a while and you feel exhausted; therefore, taking a nap will give you some energy.


After waking up from your nap, you should start working on distracting yourself. Doing something you really love is a really good way to get you distracted. For example you can write, read, watch a movie, play a sport, etc…


It is very likely that you heard someone recommend journaling before. While it may not sound like much, it actually helps get some weight off your chest. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, you can write your feelings down or what’s been stressing you out.

Take yourself out

You don’t always have to go out with someone; you can always take yourself out. Eat your favorite food, buy something you’ve wanted for a while, grab a cup of coffee. Enjoy some time with yourself and maybe even spoil yourself.


When it comes to destressing, relaxing is a main essential ingredient. For instance, you can take a hot shower, clean your room, read a book, or just take care of yourself in general. Simply, have a little self-care night.

Everyone gets stressed but it’s what you do with that stress that makes you different from everyone else. You can actually use this stress to motivate you to get all of your work done. Whatever is causing you to be stressed, be aware that it is a time that will pass. While these things may not destress you completely, they sure can help make the process a lot easier.