Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Simple Ways to Live a Less Stressful Life

Stress is a major problem for many people. It can run you down, cause you to lose sleep, and even bring on illness. Relieving stress is one of the best feelings as it lifts your spirits and your heart. If your life is full of stress, here are some simple things you can do to get your life to a more manageable level.

Try doing only one thing at a time
This is the simplest and best way to start reducing your stress, and you can start today.  Right now actually.  Focus as much as you can on doing one thing at a time.  This is referred to as being mindful  It is a very satisfying way to live.  You will find that you are getting more enjoyment out of life when you focus on what you are doing at the moment.

Develop one healthy habit this month
Pick one aspect of your life that you would like to see a positive change in. Try some of these on for size.  Eat fruits ad vegetables for snack.  Floss every day.  Quit smoking.  Cook something healthy for dinner.  Drink water instead of soda.  Just pick something that is personal for you and develop one new habit at a time.

Get out there and have a blast!
Have fun each and every single day, even if it's just for a few minutes.  Play - it takes your mind off of everythink.  Remember the fun play was when you were a child.  It consumed you.  Let go of adult inhibitions and enjoy the moment.  Whatever you choose to do, be sure to laugh.

Tap into your creative self
Throwing yourself into a creative activity is another great way to de-stress and to prevent stress.  Try artwork - even watercolors and crayons, write a poem or a short story, cook something new that just comes to mind using the food in your pantry.  Challenge yourself to create something new and different that reflects who you really are!

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