Real Talk: How I Deal With Stress

Tamera Mowry

We all feel stress in our lives from time to time. Unfortunately, stress is part of life and we all need to learn how to deal with it!  For me, it’s a daily exercise to manage my stress. Some days I’m great at it, other days, I’m a mess. But hey, that’s life!

Work stress is definitely what gets to me the most. Mainly because there are the normal stresses and demands of working long hours, but on top of that, I find myself constantly thinking and worrying about my children. I worry how their day is going, whether they are feeling okay, how school is, whether they ate their lunch, and so on and so on. Basically, as a mom, I am constantly worrying, and that equals a lot more stress for me at work!

As soon as my stress levels rise just a little too much, my natural reaction is to panic. I freak out, I get anxious and if it’s a really stressful day, I cry. I can also feel all the stress and tension start to physically manifest throughout my body.

Now obviously some stress is normal, but feeling like you have been pushed to your breaking point, is NOT ideal! Over the years, I have gotten better at managing my stress levels and have developed different tips and tricks to cope.

The first thing I do is I allow myself to feel every emotion fully — I let it all out, and then after two or three days, I make the decision to let it go. I think that it is really important to feel those emotions, and then release them. If you hold on to your feelings, they will come up in other ways and you will find yourself displacing those emotions on the ones you love. Next, I write down everything that I think will help me deal with whatever is bothering me. It’s amazing how the simple act of writing things down can be a huge emotional release, and give you a sense of peace! I always try and think long-term, and ask myself if what is bothering me will really matter in 5-10 years. By allowing myself to feel, react and then make an action plan, I find that I have clarity.

Exercise is another BIG part of how I deal with managing my stress. Releasing endorphins during a good workout always makes me feel so much better equipped to deal with what is bothering me. I also make the decision to take a break from all things digital when my stress levels rise. By logging off social media and turning off the TV for a while, I get much more focused, and can live in the moment with my family and friends (which is what matters most!).

Lastly, I try and remember that some things just happen for a reason, and sometimes we need to just trust that everything is going to be okay!

Let me know how you guys manage your stress!
Xx

Tamera 

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  • Jennifer Viaud

    Thanks for sharing. One way I relieve stress is by DANCING 😊. I turn one of my favorite songs and bug out It forces me to come up with a solution & if I’m unable to I accept and move on, the best way I can. Might sound a little bit cheesy but it really works. 🐰

    • Udana Fountain

      Meditating helps me. I don’t meditate daily but when I feel I’m not centered, I tune into Deepak Chopra’s station on Pandora.

  • Jasmine Brown

    I deal with stress daily. One thing that always helps me is positive thinking. I try to think the best of every situation. Trying to turn a negative into a positive. If you believe something will change for the better, it will! Love you Tamera!

  • Brandy Starks

    Meditation, going for a ride, yes exercising, maybe going for a walk in a beautiful park, buy just 1 reward for yourself, a soothing bubble bath, drinking more water, changing your diet, join a support group.

  • lady j

    Pray!!faith!and trusting GOD to do what I cannot. I’m dealing,trying and learning to cope with a stressful situation right now!! On top of it the enemy keeps throwing darts and strife in my life. It’s not easy but I try to do what Jesus did in most situation. Pray,ignore,be humble,patient and kind towards those the enemy uses to accomplish his will. God protects me,covers,provides and counteracts the darts into blooming flowers that opens up closed doors,breakthroughs,and abundant overflow. I smile!😃 Kirk Franklin song

  • Lexi Flores

    This article came to me at the perfect time! I was currently in bed stressing out about nonsense really and this article opened my eyes. I need to make the conscious decision to let it go and move on. Thank you Tamera! ❤ really well written too ❤

  • Judy Stoffels

    Hey Tamera

    Thank you for this article
    Being a young Mom of two ( 4yrs and 2 yes old)..Married for 7 Years… I find myself more anxious that I need to be a good Mother and Wife for them more anything else

    Just about a week ago I’ve had a migraine for over 5 days that just wouldn’t go away I finally went to Doc because sometimes bas a Mom we even put our health on hold for the family
    Doc told me I have quite a bit of deficiencies with added stress as well
    To cut a long story I did when you did I sat down and just thought about life and started to focus on John 15 (The vine and the branch).. and it made m realize that staying connected to the Vine (my saviour Jesus) I can cast all my burdens cares fears on Him..
    Thanks for being You!…you truly inspire me xo

    Judy
    South Africa
    Cape Town

  • Diana Proctor

    Spending time with Jesus, and getting in the Word is always beneficial. He realigns the compass of my heart and mind. I also go for a run. Realizing with my husband, listening to music and having conversations on the phone with my sisters and close friends is also beneficial for me.

  • vimran1298 viotta

    Talking to Jesus helps me alot