30 Something Ways to Reduce Stress

36 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS Some angel said, ‘Never borrow from the future. Otherwise, if you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Make Prayer and meditation a part of your life. 2. Have a set bedtime and go to bed on time. 3. Set your alarm early enough to get up on time so you can start the day unrushed. 4.Give yourself the right to say no to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health or budget. 5.  Rather than trying to do it all, delegate tasks to capable others. 6. Keep your home and schedule simple and uncluttered. 7. Value quality rather than quantity, less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.) 8. Give yourself extra time to do things and to get to places. When making appointments tack on an addition ten or fifteen minutes to your ETA, to allow for delays.  9. Pace yourself realistically by Map out flexible timelines for commitments and changes in order to better visualize your plans. 10. Take one step and one day at a time. 11. Dilineate worries from concerns. If a situation is out of your control, set it aside and move on to taking steps to change what is in your capacity, have faith and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it. 12. Spend to live, don’t live to spend. Stay within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc. Be prepared. 14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble 15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday. 16. Carry something to read while waiting in line. 17. Get enough rest. 18. Eat right. 19. Get organized so everything has its place. 20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life. 21. Write down thoughts and inspirations. 22. Every day, find time to be alone. 23. Having problems? Try to nip small problems in the bud. 24. Make trustworthy and faithful friendships. 25. Keep a folder of favorite quotes or proverbs on hand. 26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is a thankful heart. 27. Laugh. 28. Laugh some more! 29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself. 30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can). 31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most). 32. Sit on your pride and ego. 33. Talk less; listen more. 34. Slow down. 35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe. 36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. 37. Tell yourself your are getting better and better everyday and you will.

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