Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How To Reduce Stress

Taking Care of You! 

(Updated December 2023) Getting healthy has many facets: eating right, exercise, being in the outdoors getting fresh air and sunshine, health check ups and being happy.  This helps to reduce stress. There are so many levels of stress and so many things that trigger stress. Stress is unique to each individual. So there is no one right way to reduce the stress. We all need to find our own steps to reducing stress. 

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Steps to Reduce the Stress in Your Life

Step 1

What triggers my stress?  My top 5 things that gave me stress.

My Top 5 things that stress me out!

  • Volunteering: I say yes way too much, so I'm learning to say no. I also cut my volunteering time in half.
  • Dinner: I stressed to much about what to make for dinner each night.  So once a week I plan out a menu, write it on the calendar and shop once a week for the food.
  • Money: my new goal is to be more frugal.  We sat down as a family and found ten ways to be more conservative with our money.
  • My health: I now eat right, exercise and have fun.
  • Clutter: I can't stand to have "stuff" everywhere.  So once a month I take a day to purge.  Now I'm finding things I can re-sell & donate. This also helps with the money issue.

Step 2 

Work on ways to get rid of the things that gave me stress.

Step 3 

If getting rid of the things that give stress isn't possible try my Top 5 Stress Busters. 

My Top Stress-busters

Driving my Jeep with the top down

  • Topless Jeep driving: especially on a sunny day. The sun in you face and the wind in your hair always does the trick. If you don't have a Jeep roll down your window.
  • Getting a facial: it's ten times better than any back massage.
  • Listening to music: it works even better when you combine it with number one.
  • Wearing comfortable clothes: My favorites are my yoga pants and tees.
  • Hot bubble bath always relaxes the muscles and sooths the mind especially with scents like anti-stress, lavender, citrus and chamomile.

  • I pray to God and ask him to take my worries from me. I just turn them over to God and trust he will lead me down the right path.  

There is so much out their in the world that can cause stress.  We just need to be aware of what is causing our stress and to stay away from it. If you can't stay away find the things that will make you happy, even if for a short period of time.

Life is too short to spend it being stressed and unhappy!
Find the things that make you happy and Just Do It!

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