12 stress busting tips to reduce stress during recovery

Stress can be positive for our wellbeing as it helps us grow and become more resilient. However, too much stress can have a negative impact on our mental wellbeing. The tips below are our top 12 to keep stress to a minimum.

1.Stay positive

It can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude during difficult times; however having hope and staying positive will help you with your recovery as it may help you to become more resilient against stressful conditions.

2.Try to avoid sources of negativity 

If you are surrounded by others who are negative and/or consistently stressed, this could impact your stress levels and recovery. Likewise, indulging in media designed to stir negative emotions can also increase fear and anxiety, leading to stress. Avoiding negative people, situations and media will help you to stay positive.

3.Manage your time

Managing your time effectively will help you to feel in control and may reduce feeling rushed or panicked. Equally, it is important to incorporate time to take a break and rest your mind, so that you can stay alert, fresh and have time for reflection.

4.Build resilience

The amount of stress you feel in different situations may depend on many things, including your emotional resilience to stressful situations. Building your mental resilience could help you respond better to negativity, stress and difficult situations.

5.Be active

It’s harder to motivate yourself to exercise in the winter, and even harder during a pandemic. However, exercise and fresh air helps us feel less stressed because it increases your endorphins, relaxes you and helps you think clearer. Being active means to ‘keep moving’, which you can incorporate into each day in small ways; such as by taking the stairs instead of using an elevator for example.


Laughing has many benefits on our physical and mental health as it triggers healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.


Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Interacting with others and learning about things that will help your situation could make it easier to problem solve or cope better with stress.


Research has shown that giving makes you happier. Giving can also give you a sense of accomplishment, purpose and meaning and could mean you feel better about yourself, helping you to cope better with pressure and stress.

9.Write down your thoughts

Reflecting can help you problem solve and if you are feeling stressed, you may benefit from looking deeper into why. Considering the situation, the emotions experienced and what you could do differently, for example, may help you overcome stressful challenges. Our mental health awareness day article gives you tips for reflection.

10.Get better sleep

Stress and lack of sleep can form a vicious cycle: you lose sleep because you are stressed, and the lack of sleep makes it harder to cope with stress. The college has a course about Sleeping Well that you might find useful if you have problems getting a good night’s sleep.

11.Ask for our help

If you’re finding things difficult, asking your friends, family, colleagues or a health professional for support can help lift the weight off your shoulders. Talking to someone can help alleviate the burden and problem solving together may help you find a solution to reduce your stress. Our crisis support page can direct you to other sources of help and support.

12.Help yourself

Our courses are designed to help you better manage your wellbeing and encourage self-management. Our FREE understanding stress course will teach you why stress is important, how stress affects you, what your stressors are and how to incorporate suggestions like these into your everyday life to keep stress to a minimum.

To find out more about other courses available, visit our course A-Z page.