Everyday Stress Reducers (esp. during the holidays)

Posted on December 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

*Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning.
*Prepare for the morning the evening before.
*Don’t rely on your memory. Write things down. Plan ahead. Write things down.
*Drink more water.
*Make duplicates of all keys.
*Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get to appointments, and one hour extra time to arrive at an airport (for domestic departures).
*Eliminate (or restrict) the amount of caffeine intake.
*Relax your “must do’s.” The world will not end if there are dishes in the sink.
*Drink more water.
*Focus on your blessings. Count them.
*Say “No!” to extra projects, too many social activities, and over-committing.
*Unplug your phone. Take a long bath or read a good book without interruption.
*Drink more water.
*Get up and stretch periodically, especially if you sit for extended periods.
*Get enough sleep. It’s your body’s restoration time.
*When feeling stressed, stop what you’re doing and intentionally take several slow, deep breaths.
*Drink more water.
*Treat yourself to something special like a massage or facial.
*Take a hot bath to relieve tension.
*Do something thoughtful for somebody else.
*Schedule a realistic day by allowing extra time between scheduled events or appointments.
*Become more flexible.
*Drink more water.
*Do one thing at a time. Finish it before you move on.
*Allow yourself time for privacy, quiet, and introspection.
*Learn to delegate what you can. Be willing to delegate.
*Drink more water.
*Take a lunch break every day and take it away from your work area.
*Forget about counting to 10. Choose to keep your mouth shut.
*Have a forgiving view of events and people, and know we live in an imperfect world.
*Have an optimistic view of the world. Believe that most people are doing the best they can.

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