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Tips For Reducing Stress In Your Life

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Stress—we have all felt it at one time or another. However, many people feel it more often. Some even feel it as a part of their daily lives. Stress can contribute to numerous conditions, and learning to reduce your stress can help you live a happier, healthier, and maybe even a longer life. Here are a nine ways you can reduce the toll stress takes on your life:

1. Be Realistic

Do not take on everything, but rather, learn to say no. Set realistic goals for yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try eliminating an activity that is not absolutely necessary. Ask yourself, “What really needs to be done? Is the deadline realistic?” No one is perfect, so do not expect perfection from yourself or others. And ask for help if you need it.

2. Meditate

It only takes about 10 to 20 minutes to get a benefit from meditating. These few moments of quiet reflection may bring relief from stress, as well as help you to increase your tolerance to stress. And it is simple to do: sit quietly, listen to peaceful music, relax, and try and think of pleasant things — or think of nothing at all.

3. Visualize

Take a moment to picture how you can manage a stressful situation more calmly and successfully. This can work with just about anything, whether it is an important presentation at work, moving to a new place, or taking an exam. A visual rehearsal can boost self-confidence and help you have a more positive attitude toward a difficult task.

4. Give in Occasionally

You do not always have to be right. Be flexible. Be willing to compromise. If you do, others may meet you halfway.  If you know you are right, stand your ground, but be calm and rational. Make sure you listen and make allowances for other’s opinions.

5. Slow Down

When you start to feel overwhelmed, try taking one task at a time. Make a list of things you need to do. Put the most urgent task at the top. Once you have accomplished it, cross it off and move on to the next one. The positive feeling of crossing things off can help keep you motivated.

6. Be Active

Regular exercise is a great way to reduce stress, and it benefits the body as well as the mind.

7. Find a Hobby

Take a break from the stressors of life and do something you really enjoy. Try gardening, painting, or reading, then schedule time to indulge your interests.

8. Practice a Healthy Lifestyle

Eating healthy will make a difference. Avoiding things like smoking, excessive alcohol, and caffeine will help as well. Make sure you get adequate rest and exercise. Try to balance work and play.

9. Let Go of Perfection

When you expect too much from yourself or others, you may end up feeling frustrated, let down, and disappointed. Remember that each person, including you, has shortcomings. But, you also have beautiful qualities to share with the world.

This information was provided by Beliefnet.com, the most comprehensive online resource for inspiration and spirituality where you’ll find thousands of inspiring features, uplifting stories and access to other great resources.

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  • Sam Claudia Sylvia Montenegro-Schwartzman says:

    Yawn…

    What about REAL stress like mortgages, illnesses, ungrateful relatives and unfeeling partners? How about some truly useful help, instead of the stock-answer California hype?

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