Stress can impact your actions. You may act bossy or irritable, use alcohol, smoke, eat more or less than normal, grind your teeth, or want to withdraw from people. When you notice these signs, use relaxation tools to ease your stress. Take brisk walks when stress sours your mood. Or listen to soothing music, meditate, or do some belly breathing. Talk to a friend who cares. Find ways to avoid your stress triggers, if possible. Brainstorm ways to solve the problems at the root of your stress.