Muslims can deal with prolonged stress better when they understand where it comes from. Stress, doctors say, usually comes from fear of the unknown, the future, and death. However, Allah (SWT) has already provided us with prevention against those fears. ''And We will most certainly try you with somewhat of fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient'' (Noble Qur'an, 2:155). It is the nature of this life that people will suffer from worries and stress, because this world is the place of disease, hardship and suffering. Hence among the things that distinguish Paradise from this world is the fact that there is no worry or stress there: ''No sense of fatigue shall touch them nor shall they be asked to leave [Al-Hijr 15:48 ] It is also the nature of this life that people have to put up with suffering and hardship for various reasons, as is indicated in the Qur’ân (interpretation of the meaning): ''Verily, We have created man in toil.'' [al-Balad 90:4]. So people feel regret for what has happened in the past, anxious about what may happen in the future, and worried about what is going on in the present. Let us now discuss some of the different kinds of remedies and treatments taught by Islâm: 1. Equipping oneself with îmân (faith), accompanied by righteous deeds. The reason for this is clear: the believers in Allâh whose faith is correct and motivates them to do righteous deeds that reform their hearts and characters, and change their status in this world and the next, have the basic principles according to which they deal with every kind of joy and grief that they may face. 2. Leave the world behind you FIVE TIMES A DAY Use the five daily prayers as a means to become more Hereafter-oriented and less attached to this temporary world. Start distancing yourself as soon as you hear Adhan, the call to prayer. When you perform Wudu, keep repeating Shahada, the declaration of faith, as water drops slip down your face, hands, arms, and hair. When you stand ready to pray, mentally prepare yourself to leave this world and all of its worries and stresses behind you. 3. Thinking of how the Muslim may earn expiation for his sins, purify his heart and raise his status, when he is stricken with distress and worry in this life. The Messenger of Allâh (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) said: ''Nothing of fatigue, illness, distress, worry, grief or harm befalls the Muslim, not even a prick from a thorn, but Allâh will accept it as expiation for some of his sins.'' 4. Understanding the reality of this world The believer knows that this world is only temporary, that its luxuries are few, and that whatever pleasures exist here are always imperfect. If it causes a little laughter, it gives many reasons to weep; if it gives a little, it withholds far more. The Messenger of Allâh (PBUH) said: ''This world is the prison of the believer and the paradise of the kâfir.'' This world is also fatigue, pain, misery and suffering, so the believer feels relief when he departs from it. 5. Making the Hereafter one’s main concern The concerns of this world overwhelm and confuse people, but if the slave makes the Hereafter his main concern, Allâh will help him to focus and be determined. 6. A surprisingly effective remedy: remembering death The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) said: '''Remember frequently the one who will destroy all your pleasures: death, for there is no-one who remembers death when in straitened circumstances, but his situation will become easier, and there is no-one who remembers death during times of ease, but his circumstances will become straitened.'' 7. Ask Him. He Listens: Turn each anxiety, each fear and each concern into a Dua (supplication). Look at it as another reason to submit to God and be in Sajdah (prostration), during which you are closest to Allah. God listens and already knows what is in your heart, but He wants you to ask Him for what you want. The messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to say: ''Allâhumma inni a’ûdhu bika min al-hamm wa’l-hazn wa’l-‘ajz wa’l-kasal wa’l-bukhl wa’l-jubn wa dala’ al-dayn wa ghalbat al-rijâl (O Allâh, I seek refuge with You from distress, grief, incapacity, laziness, miserliness, cowardice, the burden of debt and from being overpowered by men).'' This du’â’ is very effective in preventing distress before it happens; prevention is better, and easier, than cure. When one is worried about what may happen in the future, the following du’â’ is very beneficial. ''Allâhumma aslih li dîni alladhi huwa ‘ismat amri wa aslih li dunyâya allati fihâ ma’âshi wa aslih li âkhirati allati fihâ ma’âdi w’aj’al al-hayâta ziyâdatan li fi kulli khayri w’aj’al al-mawta râhatan li min kulli sharr (O Allâh, make me adhere properly to my religion, on which all my affairs depend; make this world good for me in which is my livelihood; make my Hereafter good for me, in which is my ultimate destiny; make my life increase in every good thing and make my death a respite from every evil).'' 8. One of the most effective ways of finding comfort and contentment is to remember Allâh frequently. Dhikr (remembrance of Allâh) has a wonderful effect in calming the soul and relieving stress and worry. Allâh says (interpretation of the meaning): ''… Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest.'' [al-Ra’d 13:28] 9. Speaking about the blessings of Allâh, both those which are obvious and those which are hidden. Acknowledging them and speaking about them dispels worry and distress. The slave is encouraged to have the attitude of thankfulness, which is the highest level he can reach, even if he is in a state of poverty, sickness or other kinds of misery. 10. Keeping oneself busy with useful work or the pursuit of beneficial knowledge. 11. Constantly anticipating and being prepared for all possibilities 12. The person who is distressed or worried should know that after hardship comes ease So he should think positively and realize that Allâh will make a way out for him. The more intense his stress and depression is, the closer he is to relief and a way out. Allâh says in Sûrat al-Sharh (interpretation of the meaning): ''So verily, with the hardship, there is relief, verily, with the hardship, there is relief.'' [al-Sharh 94:5-6]. 13. Another remedy for distress is certain kinds of food like Talbîn. It is reported that the prophet (PBUH) said:‘Talbîn warms the heart of the sick person and alleviates some of a person’s grief.’”