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laughterIt can be easy to get trapped in the negativity of life. It seems like there is always something scary or harmful going on in society. Social media can be both negative and positive in our lives; along with the natural stressors of daily life, it can all take a toll. Finding positivity and humor in stressful situations is one way to process your emotions and then move through them. Finding humor when you feel stressed is hard. It takes mindfulness and a willingness to open your mind. Here are a few different tips to help you find your humor. 

Take a Step Back and Analyze

If you find yourself in a stressful, awkward, or negative situation, try to step back and analyze your situation. Try to look around and understand all of the different sides and angles. You may be surprised at how much better you can feel by taking a step back. 

Think of It as a Chapter

Life can begin to feel much more light-hearted and humorous when you remember that the stressful moment was just that—a moment. It was only a snapshot in your life and nothing to feel too concerned about. 

Lean on Your Friends for Support

Our friends and family members can be a huge help in learning to find humor in stressful situations. They can help us see the situation clearer or how we can change our mindset and escape the negativity. If you struggle with your mental health or addiction, you may find it challenging to open up to family and friends. A large part of recovery is staying connected with your support system. For that reason, learning to confide in others when you are stressed will be important. 

Focus on Stress Management

Managing your stress is an important aspect of coping with your mental health issues or recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Some time-tested ways to reduce your stress include meditation, deep breathing techniques, and physical exercise. You will most likely feel calmer after spending a little time doing one of those activities, and you may find that you feel your sense of humor returning as well. Learning to control and understand your stress will ultimately help you find humor and joy in every situation. 


Being able to find humor in stressful situations is one way to manage symptoms of anxiety and stress. Humor can help us realize that a situation is only a moment in our life, not our entire life. If you struggle with your mental health or addiction, you may find it hard to find humor or to connect with others for support. Here at The Guest House, we know how complex emotions are and how hard it can be to change your mindset. We are here to help. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our different treatment options.