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The American Lung Association has published a report listing 52 Proven Stress Reducers. Given the number of people who suffer from stress, this really should be required reading. They’re all amazing and merit our consideration, but there some I liked better than the rest. Below are the ones that stood out to me as being especially good.
1. Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful. Getting up earlier is great advice, but ONLY if you’re getting enough sleep. Otherwise, you’ll just do more harm than good.
2. Do nothing you have to lie about later. Deception is more stressful than most realize, whereas a clear conscience makes the softest pillow imaginable!
3. Be prepared to wait. A paperback book can make a wait in a post office line almost pleasant. You end up making the wait more pleasant, which keeps you from losing your cool. PLUS, as an added bonus, you’re practicing excellent time management skills. Double dipping into the time management bowl (also known as multi-tasking) is almost always a brilliant move.
4. Don’t put up with something that doesn’t work right. If your alarm clock wallet, shoe laces, windshield wipers-whatever-are a constant aggravation, get them fixed or get new ones. My husband’s keyboard just trembled a little from across the room. It knows exactly what I had in mind while typing this tip out on my slick…never cause any “AUGGH“s….keyboard. I think a few of our remote controls are lining up on the defensive side, too.
5. Always set up contingency plans, “just in case.” (“If for some reason either of us is delayed, here’s what we’ll do…” Or, “If we get split up in the shopping center, here’s where we’ll meet.”) This one’s brilliance is made even more brilliant when kids are involved.
6. Relax your standards. The world will not end if the grass doesn’t get mowed this weekend. Some people are so uptight and rigid it’s a wonder they can even bend enough to sit down. It’s exhausting just to be around them, can you imagine what it must be like to BE them? They need to adjust the speed dial on their life…..turn it down and enjoy life. Laugh, smile, sing out loud with the radio, watch an old sitcom as if it’s the first time….
7. Ask questions. Taking a few moments to repeat back the directions that someone expects of you, etc., can save hours. (The old “the hurrieder I go, the behinder I get” idea.) I see the ramifications of misunderstandings happen so often, and they’re never pretty. Repeating someone’s instructions or wishes is just a great practice to get into.
8. Do unpleasant tasks early and enjoy the rest of the day. Get it over with and out of the way. This is the only way to make sure it doesn’t hound you for the rest of the day.
9. Make friends with nonworriers. Chronic worrywarts are contagious. I’d rather explain Shakespeare to Kevin Federline than try to reason with a worrywart. Methinks they kind of get off on worrywarting.
10. Stop negative self-talk: “I’m too fat, too old, etc…” It’s as destructive as sipping rat poison through a straw.
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Make each moment count double,