Whatever stress "is," I would imagine than seeking to "combat" it would create more of it.
Seriously. The world is filled with stressors but experiencing "stress" as problematic is optional. It's a choice. Couple of things worth noticing and worth keeping separate:
1) That which happens (traffic, relationship tension, parent-kid issues, challenging work) versus 2) that which we make it mean, and how we relate to it.
One person thrives on "stressors." His or her identical twin collapses from "stressors." Both are "dealing with" externals called circumstances. Dealing very differently.
Find out what the thriving person is doing. Imitate that. Find yourself flourishing. Teach others how.
Notice: complaining isn't part of the cycle. Unless you want it to be. See previous reference to "choice."
Bottom line: when life presents factors that exceed your skill set, look for ways to expand your "rise to the challenge" skills. Of course, clearing out energy-drainers (people, places, things) has its place as well, where possible.
One good set of skills to have: the whole range of practices associated with stress management: various meditative strategies. Taking deep breaths and settling into the moment, is always a good place to start.
It's also good to get beyond linguistic errors like "I've got so much stress in my life," stated in a way that makes the stress sound like weather, something that just happens to me. The experience of stress is something we create, or co-create with our environment.